Friday, January 09, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Joan Baez!

AKA Joan Chandos Báez.

Born January 9, 1941.

She is the daughter of a Mexican-born father and a Scottish-born mother and she is best known for being one of the most famous folk singers of her generation. She is also known in pop music circles for her cover of the Band's song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

She has participated in the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War Peace Movement, and anti-death penalty protests. Unlike some of her radicals, she has criticized human rights violations in both left-wing and right-wing political regimes including those in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, and Vietnam. She has also protested against the U.S. Invasion of Iraq and on behalf of the American Gay Rights Movement.

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