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Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

THIS ALBUM REPRESENTS Joan Baez's volte-face; after the years of diatribe and tireless dissemination of political views by every available channel, her records included, she's ...

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Joan Baez (1992)

Interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages audio, November 1992

The Queen of Folk on her stage repertoire; on the definition of folk; on the end of the Vietnam War; on her political activism – and letting it go; on her new album Play Me Backwards... and not paying taxes for weapons!

File format: mp3; total file size: 41.3mb, interview length: 42' 58" sound quality: ***

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What money, love, and the wear and tear of life have done to Joan Baez, folk singer

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 4 October 1965

MAUREEN CLEAVE interviewing the darling of smart young Americans ...

Folk albums of 1962: Fad To Staple — Disks Reflect 'Arrival' of Folk Music As Part of Country's Popular Arts

Review by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 28 April 1963

A LONGER perspective may revise the view, but it appears from a distance of a few months that 1962 was the year when the folk-music ...

Joan Baez: Saint Joan

Retrospective and Interview by Liz Thomson, Tortoise, 21 July 2019

As Joan Baez prepares to give her final performance, Liz Thomson talks to her and traces a 60-year career filled with courage and conviction. ...

Joan Baez

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Mail On Sunday, 24 March 2018

She's the queen of the '60s protest song, who helped make her lover Bob Dylan famous. Now, as she prepares for her farewell tour, Joan ...

Joan Baez: A Love Story Goes Wrong

Interview by Dawn James, Rave, December 1965

It happens to all of us... we build up our relationship with one boy into something wonderful and then one dreadful day it all comes ...

Joan Baez: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2012

BY THE TIME she got to Woodstock, Joan Baez was six months pregnant and her husband was in jail. It was August 1969 and the ...

Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, Joni Mitchell: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 20 December 1975

Dylan's damp squib ...

Various artists: Woodstock (Atlantic: 2663 001)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, The Guardian, 17 July 1970

Update, 2020. Woodstock. The name has many meanings. There's Woodstock the town where Bob Dylan and the Band lived once. But the main resonance is ...

Albert Grossman: 1926-1986

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 13 March 1986

Managed Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and others ...

Joan Baez: Baptism (Vanguard SVRL19000)

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 16 November 1968

Lovers of Baez folksong will be disappointed ...

Bob Dylan and Friends on the Bus: Like a Rolling Thunder

Report by Larry Sloman, Rolling Stone, 4 December 1975

NEW YORK — It was four o'clock on a brandy-soaked October Thursday morning in Greenwich Village as about 20 friends and assorted hangers-on gathered in ...

Joan Baez: Royce Hall, Los Angeles

Live Review by Michael Simmons, L.A. Weekly, 13 November 2018

ON SATURDAY, NOV. 10, Royce Hall at UCLA was sold out for Joan Baez's Fare Thee Well… Tour 2018. At the age of 77, the ...

Joan Baez: Honest Lullaby

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 18 August 1979

JOAN BAEZ is 38 and has a lifetime of quotable quotes at her disposal from her plaintive remark to an audience in 1961: "The world ...

David Hajdu: Positively 4th Street – The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Book Review by Peter Stone Brown, Gadfly, 28 May 2001

A SIMPLE TWIST of Fate might have been a more appropriate title for this book, which is essentially a biography of Richard Fariña in disguise. ...

Joan Baez: Dark Chords

Review by j. poet, Paste, 1 October 2003

JOAN BAEZ hasn't written a song in 10 years, but she maintains an unerring instinct for choosing good material. ...

A Lady in Show Business — Joan Baez

Interview by Maureen Cleave, Detroit Free Press, 12 December 1965

THERE WERE many things about Joan Baez, the folk singer, to give the impression that she was — if not slightly holier than most people ...

Joan Baez, Carolyn Hester: Two Queens of Folk

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 5 June 1965

FIRST OF all, you SHOULD pronounce it "By-ezz"... Joan Baez. Though it's been twisted around a little as this folk-singing name is bandied about more ...

Two Views on Baez, by Paul Simon and Dana Gillespie

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 July 1965

A SMALL, dark, intense man from Greenwich Village (home of his folkship, Bob Dylan) came to my office last week and talked about Joan Baez. ...

It's School-Marm Joan Baez Now!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 August 1965

JOAN BAEZ has turned school-marm. In a Californian town she has started an unusual "School For Non-Violence", where children turn up to sit in silence. ...

U2, Sting et al: Amnesty International, Conspiracy of Hope Benefit, Cow Palace, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 17 July 1986

Amnesty's rock & roll roadshow All-star lineup gives America the message ...

Joan Baez: A Study In Protest

Report and Interview by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, 14 January 1967

WHEN THE curtains draw back and the spotlight silhouettes her against an empty stage, it's difficult to believe that slight, dark-haired Joan Baez is standing ...

Joan Baez — Big Surprise

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 July 1965

HOW MANY people thought that Joan Baez would be seen back in the NME Chart again, once 'We Shall Overcome' had faded into the distance? Not many, ...

Joan Baez: "Don't re-live the sixties"

Interview by Jude Rogers, The Word, May 2012

Martin Luther King support act, first folk superstar, Downton Abbey obsessive — Joan Baez offers a little steely-voice sagacity ...

Renaldo and Clara (dir: Bob Dylan; Circuit Films 232mins)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 9 March 1978

Ballad in plain dull ...


Column by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, July 1973

AS THE DUKE of American Rock Critics, I am afforded privileges and favors undreamed of by others in my profession. ...

Joan Baez: Gulf Winds

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 27 November 1976

THESE ARE heady days for Joan Baez. ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: 5 Days of Peace, Music and Love

Report by Mick Farren, uncredited writer, International Times, 10 September 1970

2011 note: this report on the 1970 IoW festival is led off by Mick Farren but includes contributions by other, unnamed IT writers. The title ...

Joan Baez: Play Me Backwards (Virgin)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, February 1993

WHAT EXACTLY is the most dignified role for the faded activist folk singer who wakes one morning to find herself five years older than the ...

Joan Baez: Speaking Of Her Dreams

Interview by Mark Leviton, Village View, 15 December 1989

NO DOUBT the desk clerk at the Registry Hotel in Universal City who gave Joan Baez her suite number was unaware that 1961 was a ...

Singer-Songwriters: Back To The Roots!

Overview by Dave Laing, Melody Maker, 21 June 1975

In this exclusive extract from a major new rock book, The Electric Muse, Dave Laing investigates the post-Woodstock singer/songwriter syndrome, and charts the rise in ...

Joanie returns as Bobby: Joan Baez at the Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 7 January 1978

JOANIE BROUGHT the audience right up on stage with her at the Odeon – two rows of them, mostly her guests, sitting rather self-consciously behind ...

Joan Baez: From Every Stage

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

LAST AUTUMN, IN a move that marked a complete departure from previous practice, Joan Baez went out on the road in the States with a ...

The Year That Folk Moved In

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1965

BOB DYLAN – the undisputed King of Folk. He causes as much controversy personally as do his records. ...

Joan Baez: Slack Time For The Revolution

Interview by Penny Valentine, Let It Rock, December 1975

JOAN BAEZ PUTS it bluntly: "If I'd done another political album at this point, I'd have been bankrupt. I had no money left. So I ...

Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust

Review by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, 31 July 1975

LISTENING to this Joan Baez album – her first self-declaredly apolitical, decidedly commercial album since the days of folk rock – it is possible to ...

David Hajdu: Positively Fourth Street (Bloomsbury)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

NOW OUT in paperback, this engrossing account of the intertwined lives of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña from the late ...

Joan Baez: The Folk Heroine Mellows With Age

Interview by Mary Harron, The Guardian, 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 ...

see also Richard and Mimi Fariña


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