Singer/songwriter Joan Baez was one of the most politically outspoken performers of the '60s and '70s, devoting a considerable amount of her energies to human rights, civil rights, and ending the war in Vietnam. Many of her early television appearances were as significant for their political content as they were for her music.
Performed at Martin Luther King's March on Washington (1963). Was imprisoned twice for organizing draft resistance (1966 and '67). Performed at Woodstock, while she was six months pregnant. Visited North Vietnam during December of 1972 (to deliver Christmas mail to US POW's) and was nearly killed in US bombing raid. Her 1975 hit "Diamonds & Rust" is an autobiographical song about her affair with Bob Dylan. Performed on behalf of Amnesty International, and later founded her own human rights organization, Humanitas International. Was harshly criticized by Jane Fonda in 1979, over her (Baez') condemnation of North Vietnam's human rights abuses. Baez' allegations later proved correct. Opened US portion of 1985 "Live Aid" concert. (Contributor: Markt3)… Expand
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