Joan Baez Folk Rock’s Most Celebrated Woman

10. The Intellectual

WOODSIDE, CA – JUNE 12: Folk Singer and Political activist Joan Baez in the garden of her home . In the past she dated Bob Dylan and Steve Jobs, Baez is a resident of Woodside, California near San Francisco, where she lived with her mother until the latter”u2019s death, aged 100, June 12, 1980 in a house that has a backyard tree house in which she spends time meditating, writing, and “being close to nature” Woodside, California ( Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images )

Joan Baez had an early start in the scholarly world, being that her father is a physicist. She was also exposed to classical music at infancy. Giving her song writing talent and political involvement, she dives into literary realms and is an author of 7 books.

9. The Muse

LONDRES, ROYAUME UNI – 1965: Les chanteurs americains Bob Dylan et Joan Baez en tournee en 1965 a Londres, Royaume Uni. (Photo by Keystone-FranceGamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Joan Baez has a famous partnership with Bob Dylan. Their relationship is part of an entire generation’s cultural experience. They were both genius songwriters and activists. Dylan put Baez on a pedestal for the better part of their partnership.

8. The Song Writer

UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 01: American folk singer Joan Baez performs on a television show circa 1965. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

She is an iconic song writer, especially of the American-Folk Rock genre. She has written and recorded well over 60 original songs. Joan’s most famous songs include “I Shall Not Be Moved,” “Diamonds and Rust,” and “A Song of Bangladesh.”

7. She Is From A Family of Prolific Status

American folk singer Joan Baez performs on stage with her sister, singer and guitarist Mimi Farina in Paris. (Photo by Alain Dejean/Sygma via Getty Images)

Her father is a Stanford University Graduate with a PhD in Mathematics and Physics as well as the co-inventor of the x-ray microscope. Baez’s mother was a descendant of the Scottish Dukes of Chandos (she died at 100 yrs. old). The artist’s sisters were also musicians and activists of equal caliber.

6. The Latina

Joan Baez in concert in the Santa Barbara County Bowl, 1977. (Photo by paul liebhardt/Corbis via Getty Images)

On Baez’s paternal side she is of direct Mexican Descent. Her father is from Puebla, Mexico. On her maternal side she is Scottish. Her mother was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Joan herself was born in Staten Island, New York.

5. The Activist

Folk singer Joan Baez participates in a rally for the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley. (Photo by © Ted Streshinsky/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Many of Joan Baez’s performances have been at political or social justice rallies and protests- to this day. Baez accompanied and aided the late Martin Luther King Jr. on numerous marches and has devoted her life’s work to the progression of minorities and those in need. She is a true artist for the people.

4. The Queen of American Folk Music

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 07: 2017 Inductee Joan Baez speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. The event will broadcast on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Joan Baez is hands down the undisputed Queen of American Folk Music. Folk music is passed on by oral tradition and  speaks about indigenous people, social rights, and native cultures. Baez was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

3. The Traveler

ISLE OF WIGHT, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 30 : American folk singer Joan Baez backstage at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 30, 1970. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

Joan began her constant traveling at an early age. Her father’s scientific profession with UNESCO required that her family move often all around the US including international countries like England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and the Middle East. As she advanced with her activism and music career she traveled all across Europe and Latin America.

2. Heart of Gold

New York, New York, USA – May 11, 1975: Folk singer, Joan Baez sings into the microphone onstage for ‘The War is Over” concert and peace rally in the Sheep Meadow, Central Park, New York City (Photo by Mariette Pathy Allen/Getty Images)

Never has Joan ever been thought of as snob, a diva, or reserved. On the contrary, she has always had a shining personality. Usually being light-hearted and silly during press interviews and with fellow musicians.

  1. The Bad Ass

American folk singer Joan Baez riding a horse in Switzerland, circa 1960. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Joan Baez did not only set out to change the world and music history- she did. Simply by being herself and having enough intent and purpose to put her dreams into action. Thank you, Joan Baez!