The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #36783   Message #510717
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Jul-01 - 05:11 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Mimi Baez Farina has passed away Jul-2001
Subject: OBIT: Mimi Baez FariƱa
Here's a second Associated Press obituary, with some additional information.
-Joe Offer-
The Sacramento Bee Thursday, July 19,2001
Mimi Farina, Bay Area folk music figure

SAN FRANCISCO - Mimi Farina, sister of folk singer Joan Baez and founder of an organization that brought free live music performances to the sick and imprisoned, died of complications from cancer Wednesday. Ms. Farina, 56, died at her Mill Valley home surrounded by family and friends.
She was perhaps best known for founding Bread & Roses in 1974. The organization produced 500 shows annually for audiences in senior centers, in psychiatric, rehabilitation and correctional facilities, and in centers for abused and neglected children.
Long a part of the San Francisco Bay Area's folk music elite as a singer herself, Ms. Farina drew many fellow musical luminaries to join in performances.
Ms Farina was born Margarita Mimi Baez in Palo Alto in 1945. She and Richard Farina, who married in 1963, cut two albums for Vanguard Records. Richard Farina died in a motorcycle accident in 1966. Ms. Farina later recorded albums on her own.
She is survived by her parents, two sisters and partner Paul Liberatore of Mill Valley. A memorial is scheduled for Aug. 7 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.