When 19 year-old Joan Baez emerged on the modern music scene in 1960, a prolific songstress whose beauty and appeal belied her great courage was introduced to a world hoping for change and daring to attempt it. In her stunning soprano, Baez sang of social change and inspiration, fueling the anti-war movement and other important causes with sweetly sung lyrics that inspired, enraged and engaged. She not only created an endless list of her own songs but covered folk classics from early icons including Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs and spoke from a personal place upon the imprisonment of her husband, David Harris, in 1968. Baez transcends trends, turning rock tunes into lullabies, and continues to amaze with her fusion of incandescent voice with social conscience.
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