Almanac Music: ‘Joe Hill’ – Joan Baez



The wonderful Joan Baez turned 80 a few days ago.


To celebrate her birthday, here she is singing one of the many songs that made her popular and a musical force, particularly in the protest movement, from the 50s to the current day.


Happy birthday Joan!




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  1. Great singer. Better person. Saw her do a crystalline version of “Joe Hill” at Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide circa 1975. Immediately fell totally in love with her along with every other male in the crowd.
    Her bittersweet recrimination of Dylan “Diamonds and Rust” is a favourite. The duet of her with Mary Chapin Carpenter doing the magnificent “Stone in the Road” is great. The song’s lines about Bobby Kennedy’s funeral train and fading 60’s idealism always give me chills.
    Joan’s most recent album “Day After Tomorrow” is a favourite with great versions of Steve Earle; Elvis Costello etc songs.

  2. george smith says

    We played Joan’s version of “Joe Hill” at my mothers funeral, one of mum’s favorite songs. My mother was a senior social worker in Canberra and she fought long and hard for the underprivileged in the ACT, so Joan would be proud of her!

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