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Singer Activist Joan Chandos Baez

Singer Activist Joan Chandos Baez

Many Happy Returns!

Joan Baez


Joan Chandos Báez was born in Staten Island, NY  on January 9, 1941. Although often associated with Bob Dylan, it should be that he is associated with her as Bob was Joan’s guest at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. It was she featured on the November 23, 1962 cover of Time magazine.


Singer Activist Joan Chandos Baez


…but associated they are.



Singer Activist Joan Chandos Baez

To quickly explain Joan’s career would do a disservice to her.  Some associate Joan with the early 1960s civil rights movement. True. Some associate her with the 1964 Berkeley Free Speech movement. True. Some may even know of her participation in the 2011 Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. True again


In other words, Joan has had a lifetime of peace, love, and activism.


Singer Activist Joan Chandos Baez
Joan at Woodstock with Jeffrey Shurtleff

Singer Activist Joan Chandos Baez

During the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, she was pregnant and married to David Harris. Authorities had jailed Harris for refusing to be drafted. That night, Baez played her hour set with Richard Festinger and Jeffrey Shurtleff.


Their set was:


  • Oh Happy Day
  • The Last Thing On My Mind
  • I Shall Be Released
  • Story about how the Federal Marshalls came to take David Harris into custody  
  • No Expectations
  • Joe Hill
  • Sweet Sir Galahad
  • Hickory Wind
  • Drug Store Truck Driving Man
  • I Live One Day at a Time
  • Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South
  • Let Me Wrap You in My Warm and Tender Love
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • We Shall Overcome

Here is her rendition of International Workers of the World hero Joe Hill from that misty night. The lyrics are based on a 1925 poem by Alfred Hayes that Earl Robinson had put to music in 1936. (link to more on Joe Hill).


Dear Joan Baez,

 

We don’t love you because of all the albums you have released. And you have! We don’t love you because of that voice. And it is amazing! We don’t love you because are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And you are.

 

We love you for all you have contributed. We love for all you continue to contribute. We love you because you have been a role model to anyone willing to listen and watch.

 

From all of us to you.

 

We Shall Overcome.

Singer Activist Joan Chandos Baez

For more about Joan and her music, visit >>> Hubpages


 

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Student Free Speech Movement

Student Free Speech Movement

A hallmark of the 1960s' cultural revolution was the the student free speech movement. In 1964, the tip of the baby boomer generation was starting college and some of them actually followed the curricula and critically examined information.

Student Free Speech Movement

The post war Red Scare and Cold War continued into the 1960s. Protestors were suspect. College campuses included. 

On September 14, 1964 UC Berkeley Dean of Students Katherine Towle, wrote a letter to the student political groups telling them that they could no longer use a designated plaza to solicit support for "off campus political and social action." The plaza had been the most accessible location for student-to-student interaction.

The United Front began protests and for two months negotiations between the college administration and United front sputtered along. By December the student free speech movement...
Student Free Speech Movement
Mario Savio, shown here at a victory rally in UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza on Dec. 9, 1964, was the face of the free speech movement.

 Student Free Speech Movement

Mario Savio at UC Berkeley
December 2, 1964: student free speech movement activist Mario Savio and other students occupied the University of Berkeley’s Sproul Hall to protest ban on campus activism. Joan Baez sang in support. (NYT article)

Student Free Speech Movement
Joan Baez at the Free Speech movement protest on Dec 2

Student Free Speech Movement

On December 3, police arrested nearly 800 students attempting to control the student free speech movement.

On December 7 classes were cancelled, but on December 8 the Academic Senate  voted overwhelmingly for no restrictions on the content of speech or advocacy. It appeared that the Student Free Speech Movement had won.

From jofreeman.com: When the faculty left the hall, students cried, cheered, and applauded. Symbolically, the FSM had won, but the struggle was not over; only the Regents could set policy. When they met on December 18, they voted to support the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, but insisted on law and order. The faculty felt the spirit of their resolution had been met, but the FSM did not. When the new campus administration wrote detailed regulations, content of advocacy was ignored in favor of stringent time, place and manner rules. Scuffling over the rules and how they were applied continued....
The student free speech movement would spread. On December 12, Savio warned in New York. (NYT article)
By March 9, 1965, a NYT headline read:
Clark Kerr Will Resign as U. of California Head
(Berkeley pres resigns)
But by March 14 Kerr rescinded his resignation and :
BERKELEY FACES STRICTER CURBS
(click >>> Berkeley stricter)
On April 26, 1965 Savio quit the Free Speech Movement (cSavio quits), but student activism didn't.
Mario Savio died on November 6, 1996. (Mario Savio).

 

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October 29 Music et al

October 29 Music et al

It’s another one of those days that bursts with music history of all types. Mostly happy.

“Jingle Bell Rock”

October 29, 1957: Bobby Helms recorded “Jingle Bell Rock” at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. How many times have you heard this one?

October 29 Music et al

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

October 29, 1958: The Platters released “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Greatest version ever?

October 29 Music et al

Bob Dylan

October 29, 1961: Bob Dylan performed on Folksong Festival radio show. Be careful. Many of his comments are simply being fun at the expense of host Oscar Brand.

October 29 Music et al

The Beatles

October 29, 1962: The Beatles performed “Love Me Do” and “A Taste Of Honey” for the television program People and Places on Grenada TV. Here’s a 46 second soundbite from the show:

October 29 Music et al

Beach Boys

October 29 Music

After the Beach Boys released their first single, Surfin’, on December 8, 1961, they released their first album, Surfin’ on October 29, 1962.

October 29 Music et al

The Hollies

October 29, 1963: The Hollies went into the recording studio for the first time to begin recording their debut album.

October 29 Music et al

The Rolling Stones

October 29, 1963: The Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard, and Bo Diddley were in concert with two shows at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.

October 29 Music et al

Reach Out I’ll Be There

October 29, 1966: The Four Tops had the top R&B song with “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”

October 29 Music et al

jk

October 29 – November 4, 1966: “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

October 29 Music et al

Allison Steele

October 29 Peace Love Activism

October 29, 1967: WNEW-FM DJ Allison Steele (a rare female DJ) announced that Rosko would be a WNEW-FM DJ. (Allison’s announcement) (see April 5, 1983)

October 29 Music et al

Duane Allman

October 29 Music

October 29, 1971: Duane Allman died. (NYT article)

October 29 Music et al

Mind Games

October 29 Music

October 29, 1973: UK release of John Lennon’s Mind Games album, his fourth. He recorded it  at Record Plant Studios, NYC in summer 1973. The album was Lennon’s first self-produced recording without help from Phil Spector. It reached number 13 in the UK and number 9 in the US, where it went gold. Many more than 96 tears came to my eyes while watching the video. You,too, may need a tissue.

October 29 Music et al

Joan Baez

October 29, 1975: Joan Baez became a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue.

Pink Floyd

1983: Pink Floyd set a new rock era record as Dark Side of the Moon placed on the album chart for the 491st week.  That broke the mark set by Johnny Mathis for Johnny’s Greatest Hits.  The Floyd didn’t let up, however, until they got to 780 weeks.

Madonna

October 29, 1983: Madonna’s first single debuted on the chart–“Holiday”.

October 29 Music et al

Bryan Adams

October 29, 1984:  Bryan Adams released his landmark album Reckless.

Wells Kelly

October 29, 1984:  Wells Kelly, drummer for Orleans and Meat Loaf, died at the age of 45.

Ron Wood

October 29, 1987: Rolling Stone’s guitarist, Ron Wood, opened an art exhibition in London called Decades, which featured portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

October 29, 1990: The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

October 29 Music et al

 

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