Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound - PopMatters
Sep 24, THIRTEEN's American Masters explores fifty years of folk legend and human rights activist Joan Baez in Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound. Joan Baez and Bob Dylan's love affair captures a generation had to be moved by the PBS American Masters biography of Joan Baez: "How Sweet the Sound. The soundtrack to How Sweet The Sound -- the first comprehensive documentary to Buy Online, Pick up in Store the private life and public career of Joan Baez -- includes material spanning Joan's career, Release Date: 10/13/
In her art as well as in her life, Baez has always blurred the line that divides her personal and political ideas. Nowhere has this dynamic come more into play than in her marriage to anti-Vietnam War activist David Harris. It also solidified her role in the peace movement. Baez and Harris were divorced long ago, but they reconnected for a scene in How Sweet the Sound. The impression they create is of two mature individuals who have managed to put their past into context.
They now enjoy and respect each another for the time they spent together as well as for everything that since has taken place. It has been a long time since such a carefully conceived film about a musician has been released. As a musician, it must be confessed that Baez is only an average talent. She is a credible guitarist who learned to finger-pick before any of her folk contemporaries, and she has always been blessed with a powerful and emotive voice.
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As an artist who has written very little of her own material, she understandably has not received the accolades that have been awarded to many of her peers. Still, the message of How Sweet the Sound is that life is about balance. How Sweet the Sound is a beautiful and life-affirming film.
With the passage of time, the imbalances and sorrows that plagued Baez during her early years appear to have been rectified.
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She has arrived at a place to which most people can only hope to aspire. How Sweet the Sound is ostensibly about Baez, but ultimately, it is about a lot more. Inher appearance at Woodstock in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium, particularly upon the successful release of the documentary film Woodstock One Day at a Time, like David's Album, featured a decidedly country sound. Baez's distinctive vocal style and political activism had a significant impact on popular music.
She was one of the first musicians to use her popularity as a vehicle for social protest, singing and marching for human rights and peace. Pete SeegerOdettaand decades-long friend Harry Belafonte were her early social justice advocate influences.
She delivered them one last success with the gold-selling album Blessed Are Joan Baez wrote "The Story of Bangladesh" in This song was based on the Pakistani army crackdown on unarmed sleeping Bengali students at Dhaka University on March 25,which ignited the prolonged nine-month Bangladesh Liberation War.
The two songs were issued as a single on Decca Half spoken word poem and half tape-recorded sounds, the song documented Baez's visit to HanoiNorth Vietnamin December during which she and her traveling companions survived the day-long Christmas Bombings campaign over Hanoi and Haiphong.
Gracias a la Vida the title song written and first performed by Chilean folk singer Violeta Parra followed and was a success in both the U. After Gulf Windsan album of entirely self-composed songs and From Every Stagea live album that had Baez performing songs "from every stage" of her career, Baez again parted ways with a record label when she moved to CBS Records for Blowin' Away and Honest Lullaby Inshe appeared on the Grammy Awardsperforming Dylan's anthemic " Blowin' in the Wind ", a song she first performed twenty years earlier.
Baez also played a significant role in the Live Aid concert for African famine relief, opening the U. She has toured on behalf of many other causes, including Amnesty International 's A Conspiracy of Hope tour and a guest spot on their subsequent Human Rights Now! Baez found herself without an American label for the release of Live Europe 83which was released in Europe and Canada but not released commercially in the U.
That same year, she traveled to the Middle East to visit with and sing songs of peace for Israel and the Palestinians. During her performance, she greeted members of Charter 77a dissident human-rights group, which resulted in her microphone being shut off abruptly.
Baez then proceeded to sing a cappella for the nearly four thousand gathered. Havel cited her as a great inspiration and influence in that country's Velvet Revolutionthe revolution in which the Soviet-dominated communist government there was overthrown. Baez recorded two more albums with Gold Castle: Speaking of Dreamsand Brothers in Arms She then switched to Guardian, with whom she produced a live album, Ring Them Bellsand a studio album, Gone from Danger Inat the invitation of Refugees International and sponsored by the Soros Foundationshe traveled to the war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina region of former- Yugoslavia in an effort to help bring more attention to the suffering there.
She was the first major artist to perform in Sarajevo since the outbreak of the Yugoslav civil war. In October of that year, Baez became the first major artist to perform in a professional concert presentation on Alcatraz Island a former U. She later returned for another concert in The reissues, being released through Vanguard's Original Master Series, feature digitally restored sound, unreleased bonus songs, new and original artwork, and new liner-note essays written by Arthur Levy. In the new version, she changed the lyric "here's to the dawn of their days" to "here's to the dawn of her days", as a tribute to her late sister Mimi, about whom Baez wrote the song in Later on, October 8,she appeared as a special surprise guest at the opening ceremony of the Forum international conference in PragueCzech Republic.
Her performance was kept secret from former Czech Republic President Havel until the moment she appeared on stage. Havel was a great admirer of both Baez and her work. During Baez's next visit to Prague, in Aprilthe two met again when she performed in front of a sold-out house at Prague's Lucerna Halla building erected by Havel's grandfather.
She also joined the choir in the finale of " O Holy Night ". The reissue features a page booklet and six unreleased live tracks from the original recording sessions, including " Love Song To A Stranger ", " You Ain't Goin' Nowhere ", " Geordie ", " Gracias a la Vida ", " The Water Is Wide " and " Stones in the Road ", bringing the total track listing to 21 songs on two discs.
He has called the album a " Woody Guthrie rock album". The recording was heavily influenced by albums from the s, which is why he invited an icon from that era to appear with him. The day after receiving the honor, she appeared at the Grammy Awards ceremony and introduced a performance by the Dixie Chicks.
The album was Baez's first charting record in nearly three decades.
During the concert's finale, she spontaneously danced on stage with a band of African percussionists. How Sweet the Sound.PBS PREVIEWS - American Masters Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound