In an in-depth, revealing conversation Joan discusses her music and political achievements
In an in-depth and revealing conversation Joan discusses her music, groundbreaking performances and political achievements and her hopes for the future of the world, with lifelong fan Jeremy Paxman. As Jeremy points out, although they are both getting older, the passion has not diminished.
Six decades after becoming a regular on the coffee house scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Joan Baez has determined that '2018 will be my last year of formal extended touring.' This follows her 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction and a lifetime of awards and honours for her recordings and human rights work.
Whistle Down The Wind, Joan's first new studio album in a decade, includes material by some of her favourite composers including Tom Waits and Mary Chapin Carpenter amongst others.
Joan sang about freedom and Civil Rights everywhere, from the backs of flatbed trucks in Mississippi to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington in 1963. She withheld a portion of her income tax to protest military spending in 1964, and participated in the birth of the Free Speech movement at the University of California's Berkeley campus.
The soundtrack for the tumultuous '60s is heard on Joan's remarkably timeless albums and she was famously captured on film with Bob Dylan on his controversial 1965 tour of Britain, as well as his Rolling Thunder Revue in the mid 70s.
In the final decades of the 20th century, Joan was a fixture on Amnesty International's Conspiracy of Hope tour, with U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting and others. Her 1989 concert in Czechoslovakia was cited by President-to-be Vaclav Havel as a tipping point in the Velvet Revolution. She sang in honour of Pete Seeger in Washington, D.C. in 1994.