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I just discovered Joan Baez

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GUEST,Amy in Boston 26 Mar 06 - 04:25 PM
Emma B 26 Mar 06 - 04:27 PM
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Subject: I just discovered Joan Baez!
From: GUEST,Amy in Boston
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 04:25 PM

I found several of Joan Baez's albums from the early sixties in an old record store bin. I'd heard of her, but, had never actually heard her sing. That "voice"! And her guitar playing is "very impressive" to my ears. Matty Groves is my favorite of the songs she sings. It's hard to tell if she's strumming or fingerpicking in that song. I think a little of both. Anyway, it's great to discover a great talent. I'm going to read everything I can get my hands on about her, and purchase the rest of her sixties folk traditional material. Just thought I'd share.

Peace to all,
Amy


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Emma B
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 04:27 PM

Better late than never!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Folkie101
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 04:47 PM

hello Amy,

there are several Mudcat threads discussing Joan Baez that will interest you. she has been a favorite of mine for some time. one thread discusses her guitar style (i'm impressed with her guitar skills too). if you ever get a chance to hear her live, please go! in the shows i've seen, she's performed the traditional songs with her guitar. she brought tears to my eyes. i hope Very Early Joan is one of the albums you have. you can tell even then she would go on to be a folk treasure imho. happy discovering!

Folkie


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: John O'L
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 04:54 PM

I too found an old double record set of hers in a junk store for a dollar a couple of weeks ago, brought it home and introduced my 11-year old daughter to her. My daughter has recently started having voice lessons and I can hear her practice improving since listening to Joan's beautiful voice.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:00 PM

Listen/look at Joan on the Dylan documentary, "No Direction Home," and read her two autobiographies, "Daybreak" and "And a Voice to Sing With" to learn more about this remarkable woman firsthand.

Elmer


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: bobad
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:01 PM

Amy, check out the book "Positively 4th. Street" by David Hajdu, it's a pretty informative bio of Joan her sister Mimi and Mimi's husband Richard Farina and Bob Dylan - a good read.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: greg stephens
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:13 PM

Those were the days. What a treat to start on all tha afresh. Good luck. I always liked "Long Black Veil"


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: ranger1
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:23 PM

My first big concert was going to see Joan Baez with my mom, about 20 years ago. I'd grown up listening to her albums and when I moved out on my own, I will admit to swiping my mom's collection of Joan's LPs.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Jim McLean
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:27 PM

bobad mentions 'Positively 4th Street' by David Hajdu. My wife's (Alison Chapman McLean) pictures of Dylan etc., were printed in that book without credits or recognition. When Hajdu was contacted he admitted the error and promised to pay her £100. That was about a year ago. He sent £50 and pleaded poverty and to date she has received nothing more.
I just thought I'd mention it.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Leadfingers
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:42 PM

Back in the sixties , J B was so popular there was serious problem in UK clubs with ALL (or at least ,too many ) girl singers trying to sound like her . Now they all try to sound like Kate Rusby !


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: akenaton
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:49 PM

Shouldn't be too difficult!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: michaelr
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:51 PM

Saw her live for the first time last October. She's still quite the activist, and her voice is as strong as ever (although, thankfully she has toned down that vibrato a bit).

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Maryrrf
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 05:53 PM

Amy,
I was just talking to somebody about how I got hooked on folk music and I mentioned it probably started when I was in Junior High School and I heard that album with Joan Baez singing House Carpenter and Mattie Groves. I too love Joan's early material (I wish she'd do some more all traditional albums again). Also love her guitar picking style - always just right and never overpowering - just enough to enhance and frame the song. Yes, those old album deserve an honored place in anyone's folk music collection. Terry I'm afraid I was one of those Joan Baez wannabees but had a contralto voice - never could manage her soprano!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 06:29 PM

Amy,

How I envy you! You are only at the beginning of your great adventure. I wish you many years of health to compound your interest (pun intended) in the musics of your choice.

I first heard a very young barefoot waif named Joan Baez in 1959 (I think) when she was opening the show for a fellow named Bob Gibson at a folk club called the GATE OF HORN in Chicago. Her voice hit us all who were in that audience then just like you said it struck you. ---- Bob Gibson mostly played banjo in those days---but there was one song that he was doing with a big 12-string guitar. That song was "Matty Groves" --- and that is how Joan learned the song. Bob Gibson's dramatic arrangement on guitar was the one Joan used----and the one you mention admiring in your first post.

You won't hear any modern songs that can describe other times and places like the graphic imagery found in the ballads (story songs) put down and remembered for us by all the unknown singers who passed their work to us via the long trail of the oral tradition. It is a real treasure hunt---one that may actually allow you to find your own personal Grail. Go for it, and enjoy!

You have found a real time machine...

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: paddymac
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 07:54 PM

She was one of the greats, to be sure. She performed her in Tallahassee about 10 years ago, and did a rendition of "Carrickfergus" that was simply incredible. I have heard many fine renditions by other performers, but the one I heard that night still stands out as the finest. I don't know if she ever recorded it or not.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: kendall
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 08:10 PM

Oh Joanie, she still doesn't know I'm alive. sigh.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: TinkerandCrab
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 09:32 PM

Isn't it great when a young person discovers someone like Joan for the first time?

I am another one who plundered my father's Joan-heavy LP collection.... a few years later, I found "Joan Baez's First Album" (the bootleg one with Bill Wood and Ted Alevizios) for $1.00 in a used record shop and felt rich. Her version of "Virgin Mary Had One Son" on that album is positively breathtaking... I have fond memories of lying in bed and playing that record, listening in the dark... that echo made it so lovely and sacred-sounding.

Ditto to whoever listed "Long Black Veil" as one of their favorites. I also love: Silver Dagger, In The Pines, The Banks of the Ohio, Black Is The Color, Four-Letter Word, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue; Jack-A-Roe, Once I Had A Sweetheart, Streets of Laredo... and oh, so many more! I could listen to her guitar-playing forever...

Sorry, this post is pretty gushy and pointless... I just wanted to share the love. I've been fortunate to see Joan in concert several times, as she pays a visit to Staten Island almost once a year (she was born here, although spent almost no time). I particularly remember enjoying her live rendition of Flora (aka Lily Of The West), which I first heard by PP&M on vinyl (another swipe from Dad!) :^)

--Catherine, who is 30 but really much older inside...


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: frogprince
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 09:56 PM

"the bootleg one with Bill Wood and Ted Alevizios"
      I bought it at the PX at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in the summer of 1965. God knows how many times I've played it.

    And it cracks me up a little, as well as delights me, to hear

"Isn't it great when a young person discovers someone like Joan for the first time?"
    and then learn that it was said by someone well under half my age!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Folkie101
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 10:16 PM

Amy,

do you sing and/or play the guitar? if so, there's the Joan Baez songbook printed in 1966 or so. it features all the traditional songs from her folk recordings. it gives you all the chords she used, and even gives capo placements for those using a capo. her bio "And A Voice To Sing With" takes you inside her life experiences. she tells her story in a way to make you feel you are there as it's unfolding. one day, i was on the hunt for Joan's albums in a thrift store. when i told the owners wife how much i loved JB and was teaching myself guitar, she went in the back and gave me several of Joan's 60's recordings! it was a day i will never forget. she said she heard Joan sing (in San Francisco)in the early 60's as Joan was starting her career. she also said Joan came out without introduction, in a sleeveless dress and was barefoot. keep in mind very few people knew of her at the time. she said Joan started with "Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maidens". according to her, when Joan started to sing, you could have heard a pin drop. she said everyone sat there totally stunned by her incredible voice.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: TinkerandCrab
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 10:36 PM

Oops... didn't mean to make people feel old... I more meant it as that I sort of identified with Amy, the thread-starter... when I got into Joan I was about 16 and the music was recorded way before my time, and it's sort of a special experience... everyone around you is listening to stuff like hip-hop or nine-inch nails, and you have this different thing that's all your own. It's an "outsider" experience... kind of a very different experience from what those of you who lived through the 1960's revival era firsthand have known... at least that music was *sorta* popular at that time... now, for people of my age and younger, it's practically verboten...


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Kaleea
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 12:22 AM

If you go to joanbaez.com you can find out her schedule & perhaps attend a concert. They are usually sell-outs.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: skarpi
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 01:40 AM

halló , better late than never Emma I back you up on that one
Amy keep on listen and you will discover more suprises in the music.

Folkie 101 where can we find this book ?

all the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Folkie101
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 07:48 AM

hello Skarpi,

i found Joan's bio "And A Voice To Sing With" and "Positively 4th Street" (also a great read) by David Hajdu, at my local library. if your local library doesn't have these books, see if they can get a loan on them from another library. if you want to purchase them, Amazon.com probably carries them.

cheers,
Folkie


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 08:16 AM

We folkies have taken Joan Baez for granted for much too long. She is magnificent. But beyond that she has done something, especially in her earliest recordings, that so many of us still think is impossible. That is, she has made traditional folk music accessible to modern mass audiences without going the route of the Kingston Trio, PP&M, and the Weavers, groups who have done so much tweaking and polishing that the underlying traditional sounds all but disappear. All hail the Great Saint Joan!!!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: voyager
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 09:26 AM

Here's a good web-bio tribute to the career of Joan Baez -
Joan Baez - Web Bio

I'm just finishing Taylor Branch's subperb chronicle of the MLK years (1964-68) "At Canaan's Edge". The tales of Ms. Baez contributions during the Civil Rights era are heroic and inspiring.

Cheers
voyager


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Guess who....
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 09:31 AM

Oh Joanie, she still doesn't know I'm alive. sigh.

But, Kendall, if she did know you were alive, she'd write you off as just another dirty old man.

Isn't it better to have a lady who knows you're a dirty old man and prefers it that way? I've always found it so.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 09:39 AM

I envy you, Amy. It is like devouring Jane Austin for the first time and then wishing you had savoured it more slowly. Now go take a wander through Folk-Legacy's offerings, ask Sandy for some guidance and discover even more wonders.

I saw Joan in concert twice - once on Long Island in the early 60s. She was still a waif but wore Birkenstocks. After her first set, she introduced another ragged little waif - Bob Dylan. Many years later I saw her at Carnegie Hall. She had grown into a mature and outspoken woman. The trademark long hair was gone, the voice was still beautiful but mellowed with age, and I felt very old.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 10:52 AM

Joan was my first real obsession in music. That was around 1962 or something like that, maybe as early as 1960. She has remained a huge influence for the rest of my life. I wish I could go back in a time machine and see some of those early shows from '59 through '69 or thereabouts. I never did see her live in those days, just listened to the records. The first time I saw her live was at the Rolling Thunder Revue in '75 with Mr Dylan and various friends. That was great.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Wolfgang
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 12:52 PM

(I first read 'divorced' in the thread title)
Congratulations to a splendid find.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: frogprince
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 01:11 PM

Tinker and Crab, you've nothin' to apologize for at all. I was just reminded again of how relative a reference to "a young person" really is, and also reminded once more of how heartening it is to see really good music bridge the mid-60-ish, the 30-ish, and teenagers.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Steve-o
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 02:45 PM

Another wonderful book that has a lot about Joanie's early years is "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" by Jim Rooney and Eric Von Schmidt. Absolutely fabulous remeniscences of an era that won't come again (unfortunately).


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 06:14 PM

Yeah, that is a marvelous book, with many rare photographs and personal accounts from "them whut wuz there". It's hard to find, though.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: frogprince
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 06:24 PM

"BabY Let Me Follow You Down" has been in and out of print; I missed getting one years ago, then caught it when available a couple of years back; I don't really know about the status just now.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 09:30 PM

offers a bunch of Rooney's "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" with prices starting around $14 (paperback). Type in author and title and see what they have to offer.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Amy in Boston
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 10:39 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all the helpful information on Joan Baez. I'm 16 and I discovered Joan and this website out of the blue! I got a guitar on Saturday and have started teaching myself with a chord book. My Mom just ordered me the Joan Baez songbook, books about Joan and the Dylan dvd. She says this will be my early Christmas presents. This music really moves me. I just love the way Joan plays the guitar and sings her songs.

Peace,
Amy P.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Jaze
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 10:44 PM

Sandy. it looks like your post was cut off. WHO offers that book??


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: TinkerandCrab
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 10:55 PM

Okay, this thread has got me thinking about Joan, and now I really want to get that early album in some digital format; through research I finally figured out that the album "FOLKSINGERS 'ROUND HARVARD SQUARE" is what I really want... do any of you own this on CD? Is there any online site that sells it?

I *really* want to put that version of "What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby" onto this mix I'm making for a friend (same one that I need the June Tabor track for; see "On Air" thread that I started yesterday). There's another version of her singing that song on an album called "Noel", but it's different and not the one I have my heart set on.

The folks here are all so helpful!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Phil C.
Date: 28 Mar 06 - 07:52 AM

The books "Positively 4th Street" , "Baby Let Me Follow
You Down" and Joan's bio, "And A Voice To Sing With", can be found on Amazon.com.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Sam in Tx
Date: 28 Mar 06 - 08:22 AM

anyone know where Joan's first book Daybreak can be found? i tried to find it on Amazon.com and hardtofindbooks.com


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: open mike
Date: 28 Mar 06 - 10:39 AM

i found 2 copies available...first editions...from www.ABEBOOKS.com
which is a service that lists the inventory of thousands of book dealers. unfortunatley they are going for $125.oo!

here is how one of them is described:

Songbook by Joan Baez

Baez, Joan Arrangements and Introduction by Elie Siegmeister.
Preface by John M. Conly, Illustrations by Eric Von Schmidt,
edited by Maynard Solomon.

Ryerson Music New York, 1964. Stated First edition Illustrated by color and two tone illus throughout text. Price still on dust jacket. Contents fine, cover near fine, dustjacket poor. Oversized hardcover with dustjacket Very good+ to near fine Hardcover in Dust jacket that has one triangular chip off tope edge, closed tears on bottom edge. 66 songs, including Portland Town, The Tramp On The Street, Long Black Veil, Lady Mary; East Virginia; Geordie; House Carpenter; Silver Dagger; Railroad Boy; Banks of the Ohio; Lonesome Road; We Shall Overcome; Amazing Grace; Portland Town; Where Have All the Flowers Gone, more.Contains arrangements, including guitar chords, for 66 songs taken from Joan Baez' early albums.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Maryrrf
Date: 28 Mar 06 - 12:09 PM

Amy, it is so nice to hear that a young person has discovered Joan's beautiful early material and is inspired - I'm sure we all are delighted and wish you many hours of enjoyment as you explore the world of traditional music. I was about your age when I "disovered" the ballads and have had many years of enjoyment, working out arrangements, meeting other folk enthusiasts - or just sitting in my living room singing the songs I to love. The songs themselves have become like old friends to me. Keep visiting Mudcat and you'll discover other great singers and songs, too!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Rex A.
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 08:50 AM

Amy,

If you make a habit of checking out thrift stores often, you'll be able to find lots of Joan's folk records really cheap. Don't give up on the guitar. One day, you'll be happy you stuck it out. It's good to not have to depend on others to accompany you. Have fun!

Rex


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Guest, Big Tim
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 09:57 AM

I brought my two daughters up on Baez and Dylan records. They weren't too impressed.

About two years ago my elder girl (born 1970) attended a festival at which Joan Baez happened to be appearing.

Then she started lecturing me about what a great singer Joan Baez was!

I saw Joan sing "There But For Fortune" live on bbc tv a few weeks ago. (the Andrew Marr prog).


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 10:26 AM

was that Andrew Marr? I had it in my mind as someone else - Phil Ochs or somebody, funny how time plays nasty tricks on your memory.

I was thinking about this thread and I suppose I am like everyone else - totally in awe of her guitar playing and delivery of trad material.

The only trouble with her was that she set an impossibly high standard for lady singers. You knew everytime they came up to perform in your local folk club - they all had the long Joan/Marianne Faithful type hair and the acoustic guitar and they all sang her songs, and by and large they all sounded pretty crap - cos you were comparing them with Joan Baez records.
The boys had a lot easier time - doing the Dylan rasp or the Tom Paxton smiley tone, or the Leonard Cohen drone or the Martin Carthy/Walter Gabriel/jolly sailor/Long John Silver/merry ploughboy all purpose trad noise.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Guest, Big Tim
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 11:10 AM

wld: Phil Ochs wrote the song. Andrew Marr is the name of the bbc man who hosted the show on which Joan guested.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Mike M.
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 11:33 AM

There are some interesting facts about Joan in "Positively 4th Street". Even Joan's college pal (who taught Joan lots of added guitar skills and songs weighs in.) A good read indeed.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Steve D.
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 08:49 PM

Amy,

I lived in Boston in the late 50's and remember being one of Joan's fans in the coffeehouse. She was a special performer who could hold an audience, PLAY that guitar and sing beautifully! I used to love to hear her sing Geordie. When she became famous, most of us were not surprised. Her rise to fame seemed to come so easily. It was her destiny I guess.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Silvie W.
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 08:06 AM

What I admire about Joan is she knew from an early age what she wanted to do with her life, and made good use of the resources around her. She even risked her career (even at it's heights), for what she believed in. It appears she wasn't doing it for publicity. Go Joan!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: DaveA
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 08:13 AM

I remember discovering her in the very early 60's when Joan Baez Vol II came out. Suddenly, it was impossible to go to a party without hearing her sing Kumbaya, Geordie and Danger Waters. I know I played Kumbaya incessantly, gave at least 3 girl friends copies of the LP (as it was then), & decided she was the epitome of a "folk singer". And to this day I still love to hear her early stuff.

But my parents (and others) were not so keen!!
Dad christened her "moaning Joan" & took great pleasure in showing me any Lil Abner cartoons which featured a character called "Joannie Phony". I admit to some small satisfaction when in later years a few less appealing facts about Al Capp (the author) became public.

But I guess mainly it was people becoming confused between her artistry & her social protest. In her early years, she had perhaps the purest voice on record & a remarkably appropriate guitar technique to support.

Amy, I envy you as you discover her.

Dave

and in fairness to Dad ( 26 years gone but still missed), later in the 60's we would take a record player & my collection of The Chad Mitchell Trio out into the backyard on a balmy summer night & play the lot (all 6 of them). Our tastes diverged but his heart was in the right place.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 08:24 AM

Amy, now that you've discovered Joan, it's time to make another great ( greater?) discovery! Get hold of Carolyn Hester's 1962 Columbia album (the one with Bob Dylan playing harmonica). Hearing her sing "Dink's Song", "Dear Companion" and "Dowie Dens o Yarrow", for the first time should be a revelation.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: hobbitwoman
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 08:08 PM

Congratulations, Amy - I was just about your age when I "discovered" Joan Baez, and I've been listening ever since. (36 years - yikes!! Has it been that long!?) I love the old, traditional songs, but I also like some of the things she has been doing more recently. I have had the great good fortune to attend two of her concerts in the past few years.

Joan Baez and this website... you've really stumbled onto a gold mine!:o)


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Jaze
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 09:17 PM

I, too, envy your new find. When I first discovered Joan Baez, I wanted all her records. I have most of them,but there are still some I haven't heard. So I'm still discovering,too. While I prefer her early folk stuff, there have been some later ones that are still very good. Case in point is her newest CD-Bowery Songs. She does a lot of the old stuff with a new treatment. Her voice isn't as high and pure as it once was, lower and mellowed now, but she has a gift for phrasing like no one else. I think you'll find that her live ones are some of her best. She is one artist that often sounds better live than on her records. To me, that is the hallmark of a great singer.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Don Firth
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 09:49 PM

My friend, Bob Nelson (Deckman) and I were in the San Francisco Bay area in late summer / early fall of 1959, sitting in the No Name Tavern in Sausalito, when Chicago folk singer Bob Gibson walked in. Bob (Nelson) and I had spent some time with him the year before when he was in Seattle, so he recognized us and came over. During the course of the conversation, he said that he had recently been to the Newport Folk Festival, and that there was a fantastic girl singer there. "You'll be hearing a lot about her pretty soon," he said.

True enough! The first time I heard Joan Baez' first record on Vanguard (started off with "Silver Dagger" and contained songs like "Fair Thee Well"), I was duly blown away! Great voice, excellent (and tasty) guitar.

The first time I saw her in person was during the Seattle World's Fair (Century 21) in 1962. She did a concert in the Seattle Opera House and packed the place (seats 3,100). A buddy of mine went backstage during intermission, managed to talk to her for a few minutes, and invited her to a party. He figured she'd say "no," but he asked just the same. Surprisingly, she said "yes." It seems she'd been in Seattle for about three days, didn't know anyone in town, and was feeling a bit lonely.

Big party at Dottie Broxon's big house on Capitol Hill. Joan didn't sing, because she'd already been singing for nearly two hours, but a lot of singing did go on, and we had a chance to converse with her some. Very enjoyable evening.

Then, in 1964, while attending the Berkeley Folk Festival, I was heading out for lunch after one of the workshops when I almost literally bumped into a small, dark-haired young woman wearing a T-shirt, cut-offs, and sandals just coming in. It was Joan. And darned if she didn't recognize me from the party two years earlier. We chatted for awhile, then went our separate ways. That evening she sang a terrific concert, then the following day participated in a couple of workshops.

Really nice person. Fine singer!

Don Firth

P. S. A bit of trivia that probably won't make the record books:   in early 1959, while I was singing at "The Place Next Door" in Seattle for $15.00 a night, she was making $10.00 a night at the "Club 47" in Cambridge. Shortly thereafter, our relative incomes from singing seemed to diverge a bit. . . .


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Art again
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 11:59 PM

Don, great tales to hear...
I was getting $10.00 a night at Joe Moore's NO EXIT in Chicago -- actually Evanston --. Five sets a night. Nine, ten, eleven, twelve and one. Amazing times.

Art


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Hrothgar
Date: 31 Mar 06 - 04:59 AM

Amy, enjoy your great adventure - but don't try to be Joan. Just be Amy who learned a lot from Joan.

Wonderful, ain't she?


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 31 Mar 06 - 06:24 AM

I first heard her beautiful voice in the mid-70s on records owned by a friend, & continued listening to tapes copied from these records until 1996 when I found folk was still alive. Admittedly I'd never looked for live music, so didn't realise it had never died!

I was forced to buy a CD player in 1998 when my absolute favourite tape (Joan Baez 5, 1964) was so wheezy from overplaying that I could no longer enjoy my favourite song, track 5 - Bachainas Brasilerias no. 5 - Aria. I had an agonised wait of a week before the CD shop could get this particular album, so I had to listen to 5 other CDs I'd bought, including Farewell Angelina.

I have 17 albums, I've replaced most of my copy & original tapes, & I carry around my list so I can buy missing albums.

I think I have most of her early stuff, but I'll check her website.

I'm now listening to Joan Baez 5 - bliss

sandra


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Amy
Date: 31 Mar 06 - 09:12 AM

Hi Everyone,

Can someone please explain Joan's fingerpicking style? Is her guitar accompaniment difficult to eventually learn? I want to learn to do my own interpretation of her guitar style.

Amy


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Folkie101
Date: 02 Apr 06 - 08:03 PM

hi Amy,

others can probably explain her style better than i, but, as far as i can hear, it's lots of walking bass, hammer on and off, a unique fingerpicking style and picking out melodies within her songs. i saw her on tv recently in concert singing "Diamonds And Rust". she was accompanying herself on guitar alone on a big stage. it was a stunning performance.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Wesley S
Date: 02 Apr 06 - 08:21 PM

Amy - Have you listened to Judy Collins yet ? If you haven't then you might consider giving her a listen too. An equally amazing singer. I would think that if you enjoy one then you might enjoy the other too.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Northerner
Date: 03 Apr 06 - 05:14 AM

I was yet another person who loved Joan's voice. I also still have the long hair! I never sang her songs at the folk clubs though - I quickly discovered that the majority of singers at the clubs sang traditional British songs (I live in the UK).


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Amy
Date: 03 Apr 06 - 08:06 PM

Hi Tunesmith,

Thanks for pointing me to Carolyn Hester! A unique talent for sure! I also like her sparse guitar accompaniment. I thought I wanted to stay in my punk band, but, Joan Baez, traditional folk music and this site, has changed my life forever! I'm listening to Carolyn Hester now. I read how she almost became the folk queen in the early 60's.

Wesley S. - I purchased two Judy Collins folk albums today at my local thrift store ($1.00 each). I will listen to her shortly. Thanks everyone for sharing your Joan Baez memories and stories.

Peace,
Amy


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Hrothgar
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 05:43 AM

Next, Amy, discover Maddy Prior!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: TinkerandCrab
Date: 08 Apr 06 - 02:55 AM

Still searching around for a digital copy of "Folk Singers 'Round Harvard Square"... anyone? anyone? (Bueller?) I love that version of "On The Banks of the Ohio", too. I think there's a version on Joan Baez Vol. 2, but I want the earlier one... it's so breathtaking...


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Tom
Date: 08 Apr 06 - 03:40 AM

this thread certainly brings back the memories! i was a freshman in college and was walking across campus when i heard this absolutely clear beautiful voice coming out of a window and i just stopped and was knocked flat! i stopped at the room and found out that it was JB singing Long Black Veil. I wore out that record the next 2 years; I'm afraid my roommates didn't like her as much as I did. Their tastes ran to the Beachboys.
   
also 'discovered' judy collins shortly thereafter. if you are looking for a comparable voice nowadays, check out Priscilla Herdman!


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: PoppaGator
Date: 08 Apr 06 - 09:56 AM

Martin Scorsese's recent film on Bob Dylan, "No Direction Home," includes quite a bit of footage of Joan Baez, some from the sixties and more from a recent interview.

The older material is almost all performaces, both solo and duets with Bob; while no songs are included in their entirety, the excerpts are long enough to reveal the basics of Joan's guitar-playing technique and, of course, to show off her voice.

The current-day interview footage is pretty interesting, too, revealing Joan's wry attitude about her long-ago relationship (or non-relationship!) with The Bob when they were both young and stupid.

"No Direction Home" was produced for PBS (US public television) and orginally broadcast in several segments as a sort of mini-series. It's available now as a two-DVD set.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Folkie101
Date: 08 Apr 06 - 02:24 PM

hi Amy,

there's a singer who's name is Odetta. she also appears in the Dylan dvd "No Direction Home". she's an incredible artist. i think you'll find her of interest. she also has a unique strumming style!

p.s. if you like the stunning performance of Odetta in the dvd, it can be found on her first album "Odetta".


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: GUEST,Daniel
Date: 15 Apr 06 - 03:06 AM

Yay! A teenager who also listens to Joan Baez, Go Amy! :D
I'm 17, and didn't take a liking to Joan Baez's folk songs until last year. My dad always played JB, along with Peter,Paul, and Mary, and Gordon Lightfoot, on the stereo for us when we were young. So listening to folk songs brings back such fond memories of a not-so-long ago childhood. I only wish i could have started liking her sooner.
Her music really is extremely beautiful, and though she wasn't as expressive and forceful a singer as Judy Collins, Baez's musical sense and harmonizations are very pleasant to the ear. In fact, it's almost nearing the point of addiction; I've memorized all of the 50 songs I bought from itunes that were by her, many of them ballad songs. (Too bad they stopped printing "Joan Baez Ballad Book" because that had all the good traditional songs on it.)
I feel really good knowing that there are more teenagers like us who listen to her, because her music and voice is very rare and is not something to be disregarded and forgotten. Hehe, sometimes, i wish i was born in the 1960's xD. This forum is awesome!! =}


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Apr 06 - 08:08 AM

better than an un-Baezed opinion


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: clairerise
Date: 15 Apr 06 - 10:34 AM

brilliant mr red.

i saw joan baez in york awhile back. she was wonderful.


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Subject: RE: I just discovered Joan Baez
From: Franz S.
Date: 15 Apr 06 - 10:43 AM

Partially recovered memory: In 1978, a month after the assasinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk in San Francisco, my wife and I took our two daughters (aged 2 and 4) down to the steps of SF City Hall one evening (I think it was Christmas Eve, but I'm not sure of that) to sing with Joan Baez. I remember there being several hundred people there, may have been more. The city was still in shock over the assasinations and the Jonestown tragedy. Hundreds of candles and all that, but they hadn't yet become a cliche. We sang for a long time (she had a microphone; the rest of us didn't. Nobody talked about healing in those days, but that's what happened .


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