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Joan Baez: The Folk Heroine Mellows With Age

Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 22 June 1984

IN 1959 JOAN BAEZ walked out on stage at the Newport Folk Festival and touched off a wave of adulation that was to reach almost religious proportions. She became the first post-rock'n'roll youth idol, the patron saint of the new folk music: Time magazine ran a rather bemused cover story on the Baez phenomenon, fans would ask for locks of her hair.

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