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Joan Baez

Updated on July 22, 2010

Joan Chandos Baez was born January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York. She has forever been an American folk singer, songwriter and activist. Baez has a distinctive, strong voice and indeed a strong vibrato. Many of her recordings are dealing with political social issues.

Joan’s father, Albert Baez, was born in 1912 in Puebla, Mexico.

Joan's grandfather, the Reverend Alberto Baez, left Catholicism to become a Methodist minister and moved to the U.S. when Albert was two years old.

Albert grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where his father preached to — and advocated for — a Spanish-speaking congregation.

Joan’s father considered the ministry but turned to mathematics and physics where became the co-inventor of the x-ray microscopeand author of one of the most widely used physics textbooks in the United States.

The Baez family converted to Quakerism during Joan's early childhood. She still identifies with the tradition as is plainly seen through her commitment to pacifism and social issues.

Her mother, Joan Bridge Baez was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was the second daughter of an Episcopal priest.

Joan Senior and Albert quickly fell in love after meeting at a high-school dance in Madison, New Jersey. The newlyweds moved to California after their marriage.

Joan Baez - It Ain't Me, Babe (Live 1965)

Joan learned four chords on a ukulele given by a friend of Joan’s father.

Joan was soon playing rhythm and blues which was the music she was drawn to. At her aunt's behest, Baez at age eight attended a concert by folk musician Pete Seeger. She found herself strongly attracted to his music. She was now playing Pete’s music and performing publicly.

One of her very earliest public performances was at a retreat in Saratoga, California. It was for a youth group from Temple Beth Jacob, of Redwood City, California.

In 1957, Joan Baez buys her first Gibson guitar .

Backing up to 1956, Joan Baez heard Martin Luther King, Jr. speak about nonviolence, civil rights and social change which brought tears to her eyes. Several years later, the two became friends. They were later marching and demonstrating together.

This is the epitome of being an American!

This is the epitome of being your brother's keeper!

This is keeping with the Golden Rule!

This is wishing for your brothers and sisters what you would wish for yourself!

March On Washington 1963 "We Shall Overcome"
March On Washington 1963 "We Shall Overcome"

Fast-forwarding to 1963, Joan sang "We Shall Overcome", the civil-rights anthem, at King's 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, permanently linked her to the song. She would perform it many times!

She has stood on the RIGHT side!

Joan committed her first act of civil disobedience in 1957, at age 16.

She refused to leave her Palo AltoHigh School classroom in Palo Alto, California for an air-raid drill. After the bells rang, students were to make their way to their home air-raid shelters, and pretend they were surviving an atomic blast.

She believed it to be misleading government propaganda. Baez refused to leave her seat when instructed and continued reading a book.

For this act she was punished by school officials, and was ostracized by the local population for being a supposed "Communist infiltrator."

Schools are not a great place to behave idealistically or individualistically.

Joan was off to a pretty good start!

In 1958, her father moved his family to Belmont, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. accepting a faculty position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At the time, the area was the center of the up-and-coming folk-music scene. Baez began street-performing locally in Boston and nearby Cambridge.

She performed in clubs while attending BostonUniversity. She gave her first concert in 1958, at Club 47 in Cambridge.

When designing the poster for the performance, Baez considered changing her performing name but opted against it, fearing that people would accuse her of changing her last name because it was Spanish.

The audience consisted of her parents, sister, and a small group of friends making a total of eight patrons. Joan was paid ten dollars for her first gig. She was later asked back and was performing twice a week for $20 per show.

A few months later, Baez and two other folk enthusiasts were making plans to record an album in the cellar of a friend's home. It was released on Veritas Records that year as Folksingers 'Round Harvard Square.

It was 1959 Newport Folk Festival that her true professional career began. She recorded her first album for a major label, Vanguard, Joan Baez in1960.

Her second release was Joan Baez, Vol. 2 in1961 and went "gold". Also going gold was Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1  in 1962 and Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 in 1963.

There are many accolades and events that Wikipedia and other sources can help you get caught up on. I’m skipping a lot.

In 1964 she sang "Birmingham Sunday".  It was written by her brother-in-law, Richard Fariña. It was used in the opening of the movie of 1997, 4 Little Girls. The 4 Little Girls were  Spike Lee's documentary film about the four young victims killed in the 1963 church bombing.

Baez joined King on his 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, singing for the marchers in the town of St. Jude, Alabama, as they camped the night before arriving in Montgomery.

She linked arms with King to protect African-American schoolchildren in Grenada, Mississippi who were trying to attend "white" schools.

She stood in the fields alongside César Chávez and California's migrant farm workers in 1966, as they fought for fair wages and safe working conditions.

She performed at a benefit on behalf of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union in December of that year.

She was at Chávez's side during his 24-day fast to draw attention to the farmworkers' struggle in 1972.

She can be seen singing, "We Shall Overcome" during that fast in the film about the UFW, "Si Se Puede" "It can be done".

In 1964, she and her mentor Sandperl founded the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence and encouraged draft resistance at her concerts.

Joan was arrested twice in 1967 for blocking the entrance of the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California and spent over a month in jail.

She participated in anti-war marches and rallies, and protests including Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade in1966, a free concert at the WashingtonMonument in DC that was opposed by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the 1969 Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam protests.

She also devoted a substantial amount of her time in the early 1970s to helping establish a U.S. branch of Amnesty International.

During the Christmas season 1972, Joan joined a peace delegation traveling to North Vietnam, both to address human rights in the region, and to deliver Christmas mail to American prisoners of war.

During her time there, she was caught in the U.S. military's "Christmas bombing" of Hanoi, North Vietnam, during which the city was bombed for eleven straight days.

I n 1973 the album, Where Are You Now, My Son?, featured a 23-minute title song which took up all of the B-side of the album.

Half spoken-word poem and half tape-recorded sounds, the song documented Baez's visit to Hanoi, North Vietnam, in December 1972, during which she and her traveling companions survived the 12-day long Christmas Bombings campaign over Hanoi and Haiphong.

Joan Baez, Diamonds and Rust - Live, 1975

Joan Baez became increasingly critical of the communist government of Vietnam and on May 30, 1979 she published a full-page advertisement in four major U.S. newspapers aimed at the human-rights violations in Cambodia that were the result of actions and inactions of the Vietnamese government.

She described the communists as having created a nightmare.

This put her at odds with a segment of the U.S. left wing, who were uncomfortable criticizing a leftist régime.

Human Rights

It was Joan's Vietnam's human-rights violations experiences that ultimately led her to found her own human-rights group, Humanitas International. The focus of Humanitas International was to target oppression wherever it occurred. It was to criticize right and left-wing régimes equally.

Joan Baez was prevented from performing in Chile, Brazil and Argentina as she “toured” in 1981. It was out of the fear of her criticism of their human-rights practices. The fear was that her message would reach mass audiences if she were given a podium. She was surveiled and subjected to death threats while there. There but for Fortune is a film about the ill-fated tour and was shown on PBS in 1982.

After the Tienanmen Square Massacre Baez wrote and released the song China in 1989. This was to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its bloody slaughter of thousands of student protesters. The students were calling for the establishment of a democratic republicanism.

Baez assisted in an effort to take food and medicine into the western regions of Cambodia in a second trip to Southeast Asia. Joan participated in a United Nations Humanitarian Conference on Kampuchea.

Baez received the Distinguished Leadership Award On July 17, 2006. This was from the Legal Community Against Violence. They honored her for her lifetime of work against violence of all kinds at their annual dinner event.


On Earth Day 1999, Baez and Bonnie Raitt honored environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill with Raitt's Arthur M. Sohcot Award in person on her 180-foot-high redwood treetop platform. Hill had camped there to protect ancient redwoods in the HeadwatersForest from logging.

War in Iraq

In early 2003, Baez performed at two rallies of hundreds of thousands of people in San Francisco protesting the U.S. invasion of Iraq as she had earlier done before smaller crowds in 1991 to protest the Gulf War.

In August 2003, Joan joined Emmylou Harris and Earle in London, U.K., at the Concert For a Landmine-Free World.

Joan joined Michael Moore's "Slacker Uprising Tour" in the summer of 2004. This went to American college campuses to encourage young people to get out and vote for peace candidates in the upcoming national election.

Baez appeared at the Texas anti-war protest that had been started by Cindy Sheehan in August 2005.

Being anti-war is patriotic! It's patriotic to save lives!

It's really okay to resist evil, killing, etc!

Joan Baez continues today to be one of the best Americans this country has ever seen.

She is one of the best Americans for ALL of the AMERICAS!

She has had an inborn passion for compassion for her brothers and sisters ALL over the world!

Joan Baez is very passionate about compassion for all Americans and God's people everywhere.

She has put her health, welfare, her life on the line for God's will!

God's will? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Joan Baez - Forever Young

Joan Baez - Where have All The Flowers Gone

                                         Joan Baez - the true patriot!

I'm Marine and was at the DMZ in 68 & 69.

Joan Baez is a great American.

I can't say that about Kissinger, McNamara, Westmoreland, and others for lying about the Gulf of Tonkin "incident" and just oodles of other stuff.

Joan Baez - With God on Our Side (Live 1966)

Joan Baez & Bob Dylan
Joan Baez & Bob Dylan

Joan Baez - Amazing Grace (Live)

Joan Baez - Sagt Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind

Joan Baez - Brothers In Arms -1988- (Dire Straits Cover)

Joan Baez exemplifies what humanity should strive for!

She cares for people she will never know.

She is everything to love and be in love with.

It would be a joy to carry her guitar.

Perhaps- I could wash her feet.

Perhaps- I could sleep at the foot of her bed,

just to keep her feet warm,

on a cold night!

Joan Baez has, indeed, kept the faith!

God bless you Ma'am!

"Joan Baez, Let's Celebrate Her!"

At sixteen they called her "Communist infiltrator."

To some an agitator. She is indeed a liberator,

A gladiator, an instigator, an orator, generator,

Incorporator, investigator, mediator, moderator,

Narrator, spectator, translator,

Ventilator, insulator, and above all- an educator!

She is not a procrastinator. She is not a spectator.

She might even despise a dictator!

Joan Chandos Baez! Let’s celebrate her!

I would love to write a poem for Joan Baez.

Maybe I'll try.

It would not come close to being good enough.

It would take forever!

How could it be complete?

It would be an epic.

Forgive me as I whack this out off the top of my head.

My God Bless Joan Baez!

She was surely seeking the meek,

When she heard Reverend King speak!

She must have stayed up nights,

Thinking of social change and civil rights!

Her eyes filled with tears!

She forgot her own fears.

Joan began before her prime!

Joan devoted more than a lifetime.

Joan could not stand by,

Wring her hands and sigh!

That message brought her tears

She forgot about her fears.

She took it to her own heart.

Compassion led her from the start!

Cause after cause she stood so tall!

She spoke for the poor, one and all!

Armed with beauty and a Gibson guitar,

She could have been another rock star!

Surely Satan said “Just follow me,

I’ll make you rich and carefree, I guarantee.”

But Joan said, “No way, we have our eyes on the prize.

No Dr. Evil, I’m not believing your lies.

I’ll try to lock you up, if, God’s will, I can,

I know the Golden Rule and I’ll raise up my fellow man!”

I’ll join all the fights for different plights,

I’m fighting oppression and for human rights!

On quieter waters she could have set sail

She held her line, paid a fine, even went to jail.

She could have gone far in being a star,

And yes, while I went off to the Vietnam War,

It was I that should have had a different role.

Joan Baez fought the good fight for every soul!

Stop, look, and pray and you will find,

She’ll never stop fighting for all of mankind.

Yes, I've been to Nam

As a United States Marine,

But Joan is one of the best fighting souls,

This Marine has ever seen.

Perhaps, she would never hurt a fly,

But the patriot's patriot is what she will exemplify!

There is nowhere on earth she wouldn't go,

Because she loves everyone, she doesn't know!

Joan Baez - The Green Green Grass Of Home

Obeying the Golden Rule is THE law of God! Joan excels at it!

Joan Baez & Mercedes Sosa "Gracias A La Vida"

JOAN BAEZ "Natalia Gorbanevskaya"

One of the saddest stories ever told is this of "Natalia Gorbanevskaya!"

Please, listen if you have the time,

or please return,

or bookmark the video on the youtube URL.

There are so many videos available on youtube for Joan Baez.

But so many songs are missing there or hard to "bring up".

If you see a good deal on the album "From Every Stage" buy it!

It will have a large collection of her greatest and clearest works.

Among them will be the acoustic piano with Joan's rendition of "Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" written by Dylan.

It will have "Natalia Gorbanevskaya" as well!

JOAN BAEZ "Jerusalem"


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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      God bless you Elenin. The hawks spill their spiel. They speak of being conservative when they conserve NOTHING. They conserve no energy. They beat their drums. They slaughter. They MURDER. They conserve NO human life. They conserve no words of Jesus.

      Thank you for loving this peaceful patriot - this true patriot - to God OVER ANY COUNTRY - to God over dogma - to God over party affiliation. Joan Baez is the best patriot I can recall just now. God bless.

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      7 years ago from So Cal

      What a voice, clear as glass and sharp as nails.

      Around 68 or so Joan’s husband, David Harris was in federal custody for draft evasion in downtown San Diego. Somehow, thru some media, Joan requested a rally at a nearby park in Coronado. Somehow I heard of it and somehow I got there. It was a very small turnout and I could tell she was harassed. Her husband was in jail, the anti war movement was in full bloom and here we were 8-12 people and me, a kid. She spoke strongly against that war and she really was upset, nonetheless, after stating her plea she picked up a guitar and graced us with a short song. I know not the name of it but the clarity still rings to me. Flyers were given to us by a handler to be distributed around town. I wish I had kept one. I was given a huge pile with the probable expectation that I would throw them away. I did not. I plastered my hometown. This is and was a very conservative ‘my country right or wrong’ kind of town. The boys at the VFWs did not appreciate it much, but the only police involvement was when the local Schwinn bike dealer called them up , and he was getting the bulk of my allowance, Bastard. Have not thought of that in years, your hub brought it back. Thank you.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Oh Jean! I love the way Joan can take any song, but especially a Dylan song, and rock it out of this world.

      Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts is just that example. I love the acoustic piano in the Baez rendition. I didn't see the "sing along" with the leaders but I wish every person would sing along. God bless you Jean.

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago

      It's Jean again, pushed wrong button! Did you see Joan's performance at the White House where she sings "We Shall Overcome" to the Obamas and others? It was so moving, and of course, I cried. But I respect her work so much, and was surprised to see our Pres singing along! I love Dylan too, and Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts I still have Blood on the Tracks in my car CD player at all times and get teased about it! When something is good, it's timeless.

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago

      Hi Mickey,

      I love Joan Baez too, she's a beautiful person and I loved this hub. Where have all the flowers gone? And Forever Young, both make me cry, so I won't play them, I'll say a prayer for peace for all of us. Well done!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless you Joe Badtoe! Joe Hill is a brother, BrotherMan! God bless Joe Badtoe!

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      Joe Badtoe 

      8 years ago from UK

      Joe Hill is a brother

      The Wobblies will return!

      Great Hub Micky Dee

      and she's still a looker underneath all that talent too!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Ain't that right Billy! Thanks Bud!

      Hi Polly! Joan Baez is exceptional for sure. I've always loved that painted portrait. I'm sure that was an album cover. I can't find that album though.

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      8 years ago from US

      I think more Joans is what this world is needing. I had never heard her sing "It Ain't Me, Babe", I enjoyed it. I think she was about 15 years before my time at least but I saw her now and then and always liked her. Fun hub.


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      8 years ago

      What a great tribute to the quintessential folk singer Joan Baez

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for loving Joan Katie!

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      What a great tribute to an AMAZING American! Loved the videos, photographs and poem. Top Shelf!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Coolmon! I had no choice! You're just so way cool! Mon!

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      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      I didn't know you had linked to so many of my hubs thank you. I really enjoyed reading this tribute to a beautiful lady. I will link to this article and tweet it too. Good article!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hi sweetie! What a great avatar! Why if I was a hundred years younger- well I'd just make a fool out of myself more than I do. Thank you Sweetie for loving Joan!

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      8 years ago from India

      Hi micky she look neat and i am going to look for all her songs on youtube. I hope people have posted them there

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I love you Brother Rossi! It get's heavy for me too. I stay around "frustrated". I see no end. I see the messiahs cut down.

      We hear a call!

      We see "people against the wall".

      We care. We see

      How the world could be.

      So much strife,

      Abuse and loss of life.

      Why can't they see,

      That we are merely


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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      I was unable to finish this hub and i doubt if i will because...

      There was stream of tears

      Pains ignited

      Memories remembered

      Everything all over me

      My heart skipped once

      Twice and trice

      Micky Dee,this is the best i read today and if all men should have a heart like yours,Bro there will be no more war...YOU PAINTED MY HEART WITH JOY but tears overwhelmed me.Voted up

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very cool BkCreative! I'm glad you liked this and that you've followed Joan Baez! Staten Island could use a boost! Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a wonderful hub to a wonderful lady. How well I remember everything about Joan Baez. What a great tribute this is. I had no idea she was born here in NYC on Staten Island. Thanks for that tidbit because we always make fun of Staten Island up here.

      Rated up!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo yo yo Epigramman!!! You are correct. Bod couldn't sing but he is the poet. Joan Baez could tear his songs UP!!! In the best way. One of my favorites that she has done is the Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts! Dylan is too busy stealing your ideas/poems! You know that's right!

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      8 years ago

      ..the only thing that sounds better than her voice is your hubs ....... too bad her buddy Mr. Dylan couldn't sing like her - then again he's too busy exploring your hubs for new lyric ideas ....

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey PrettyDarkHorse Girl! I am about halfway across NC. I live, almost, in Durham. I'm a few miles west in a small suburb (I guess you'd call it) called Hillsborough. Come on over!

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      8 years ago from US

      is it far in North Carolina?

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo strutzas! Thank you for stopping by! I'll get by your place soon!

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      8 years ago from Kualapuu, Hawaii

      Good old Woodstock 1969 artists. Glad some of them are still successful.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      alexandriaruthk, I am so glad to hear that you loved Joan long ago as now! God bless you Sweetheart! You come to North Carolina today and cook for me!!!

      Brother Jess! Thank you too for loving Joan!

      creativeone, she is so great to all people! Thank you Faye!

      akirchner- thank you too for loving this great person!

      Ladybythelake- God bless you my Dear- God bless you!

      Nell Rose- by any other name would be as sweet! Thanks Love!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Mickey this is a very detailed and great hub, I love joan and I am always singing along to her CDs, loved it, rated up, cheers nell

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      8 years ago from I was Born in Bethesda, Maryland and I live in Chicago,IL

      I love Joan Baez very much. I have one of her CD'S AND I LOVE HER SONG BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Great tribute to a great artist - have always loved her!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Micky for a beautiful and awesome hub, I enjoyed reading it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Jess Killmenow 

      8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Excellent biography, choice of videos, and poetry, too. Joan Baez presents as a genuine, caring soul. An important person in our history, I think.

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      8 years ago from US

      awesome Mick, she is an epitome and a model for every woman and for everybody who fight for social/political rights, blessed with musical talents she used it for noble cause. Rare can we find women like that, Need to learn the song for my guitar

      Music is used for political rallies etc, I remember this when I was joining student activism at the state U in the Philippines, and I remember the songs for activism and made me think of women and men who fought for what is right, world can be beautiful if we have all the hearts like them

      I like all the songs, impressive

      I hear that green green grass again and made me missing Philippines

      Love you Mick for featuring her, You eatin now? hmm I hope to live there in your house so you can eat hehe,

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Peggy! I learned a lot too!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved those songs of the sixties and can still remember my one brother and I singing Where Have All the Flowers Gone while he was strumming his guitar. I learned a lot about Joan Baez through this excellent hub. Thanks!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You know it's all true Saddlerider! And her heart is gold! Thanks for loving Joan Baez!

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      8 years ago

      Her talents are incredible. I listened to her and other folk giants in the sixties. The likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, James Taylor, Peter Paul and Mary, Johnny Cash and so many others. I loved how your paid her this wonderful tribute of videos, loved em all. Rate UP big time here Micky. Great job.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Prasetio! You are always so kind! I'll see you at your place Bro!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Another hub from you. I like a little biography. And I found this from you. Thanks my brother, you always come up with something enjoy to read. I really love this hub. Picture and video is your power. I vote this Up. Have a good day!


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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      She truly is a light! Thank you Darski, for loving Joan Baez!

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      My Dear friend, this is truly the most outstanding hub, what passion you have when you write, and we have all grown up together with Joan Baez and many others, but you have enlightened my on her amazing life. Fantastic MD love this hub rate up way up.....

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you my Dear Poetvix! She sure is. Thank you for loving Joan Baez!

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      8 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Wonderful account of a great woman.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Always Exploring! She is a rare jewel! She is THE patriot when the world seems to be pretending!

      Lorlie! You were lucky. She is an inspiration! I wish I could take a trip with her and Willie Nelson and a few others!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Micky-I was lucky enough to meet Joan Baez when I was a Girl Scout in the very early 70's. I sold her a box of cookies. I had no idea what an inspiration she would be to me in my later years.

      Lovely hub and lovely memory!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Micky, this is one of your best, i love Joan Baez and

      green grass is a favorite, she will always be remembered

      as a person who was unafraid to stand up.

      God Bless

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you SilverGenes! What a great world this would be!

      Yo 50! I know many have been confused about one of the greatest Americans we have ever seen. She is the right stuff. Most of this country is into posturing and bullying. I'm speaking for the loudest segment and they are corrupt. This woman is a heroine.

      Oh Bobbi! I was in Nam and missed Woodstock. Those were rough conditions there at Woodstock too. I wouldn't have trusted a bathroom for 50 miles of there God bless!

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      8 years ago from New York

      I remember her at Woodstock 1969. Thanks for the great memories.

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Mick, good job on an American icon, I have to admit I would have personally pulled the lanyard on her bunker in 1972 had I known where she was, 50

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      8 years ago

      You did a fantastic job putting together this wonderful tribute to Joan Baez! I learned a lot about her - thank you! What a beautiful voice she has and what strength of character! Just imagine if we all behaved a little more like Joan, what a world it would be! Again, thank you very much, Mickey. Voted UP!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      She has evidently given her music "pretty freely" on youtube. Most great artists are not participating there. She has been a super woman!

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      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Joan Baez was one of my favorite writers and muscisians. The song you have up there, "With God on Our Side," continues to be one of my favorite songs. Thanks for this write, as there is much about the remarkable woman I did not know. Enjoyed every minute, and listened to most of the videos. (:v

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      zzron, you know, she's just tremendous! She is a leader. She has been wiser than most of our wisest! Her voice!

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      8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Really beautiful brother, great history lesson on her life. I have always enjoyed her singing and her wonderful gentle voice.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Dim! You know she rates them! She is a hero!

      Yo yo yo Sa'ge she brings those tears to me as well! They're those good tears!

    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Micky them tears mixed with not just sadness, there is joy tere also , joy that good people are there, yep, ood people are there!

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      I´ve never read such beautiful words about this wonderful lady. What a great job you did, here, Micky. Thank you so much. x

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo yo yo! TonyMacBro! It figures a die hard good heart like you would love someone like Joan. "I dreamed I Saw Joe Hill" last night, alive as you or me, says I to Joe, you're ten years dead. I never died, said he. I never died, said he! How about "Stewball"? Oh my! It never ends!

      Joan, Sweetheart! Can I call you Joan?

      Sa'ge- you're still the rage. You wipe those tears and put on some "Joan"! There are wonderful people out there!

      Dkrainwater! Thank you for loving Joan!

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      8 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      Great hub, very detailed and videos included. Good job. Keep them coming.

    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      OMG! you out did yourself, I love this hub more then you would know, brings tears to my eyes! Thanks Micky, thank you! ~aloha nui loa~

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Micky. I can only say thanks again! This lady has inspired me since I first heard her back in about 1963. I learned to play and sing most of her songs off the first and second albums. I bought, and still have, a now beaten up copy of the Joan Baez Song Book which I think will go into the incinerator with me when I shuffle off this mortal!

      Still get cold shivers down my spine when I listen to her glorious voice, and the image and sound of her at Woodstock singing "I dreamt I saw Joe Hill last night..." Man that was one incredible musical moment.

      I still watch the Woodstock DVD just for that song.

      I guess if I analyse it I've been in love with her all these years, really! LOL!

      She was not just a great American - she is a great human being for all the world!

      Thanks for this amazing Hub. Bookmarked and Stumbled! Gotta put on a CD right now!

      Love and peace



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