Joan Baez – Needle Time

Joan Baez featuring on Vintage TV

Neil McCormick, Chief Music Critic for The Daily Telegraph, interviews music artists for an hour-long, profound show. He delves into their career so far, their approach to songwriting, their influences, experiences in the industry and what fans can expect in the near future.

Previous artists on Needle Time include Meat Loaf, Bob Geldof, Lulu, Jools Holland, Nile Rodgers, Joss Stone, Don McLean, KT Tunstall, James Blunt and Jeff Lynne.

Check out Joan Baez’s website at http://www.joanbaez.com/ or for more videos like this visit Vintage TV

Biographical Information about Joan Baez

Joan Chandos Baez born January 9, 1941 is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. Although regarded as a folk singer, her music has diversified since the counterculture era of the 1960s, and encompasses genres such as folk rock, pop, country and gospel music.

Although a songwriter herself, Baez generally interprets other composers’ work, having recorded songs by Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Violeta Parra, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and many others. On her past several albums, she has found success interpreting songs of more recent songwriters, including Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle, Natalie Merchant and Joe Henry.

She began her recording career in 1960 and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan BaezJoan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status.

Songs of acclaim include “Diamonds & Rust” and covers of Phil Ochs’s “There but for Fortune” and The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. She is also known for “Farewell, Angelina”, “Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word”, “Forever Young”, “Here’s to You”, “Joe Hill”, “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “We Shall Overcome”. She was one of the first major artists to record the songs of Bob Dylan in the early 1960s; Baez was already an internationally celebrated artist and did much to popularize his early songwriting efforts. Baez also performed fourteen songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.

Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

 

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