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blt Joan Baez - 60 today (24) RE: Joan Baez - 60 today 11 Jan 01

I think the first songbook I ever got was the Joan Baez Songbook. I loved the photos inside and spent many, many days learning the songs inside. She really was the main inspiration for me to learn guitar and to play folk music. I deeply appreciate her voice. But, I think my main admiration is for her ability to combine social activism with her music, a trait that is difficult to pursue in the USA for any length of time, not to mention for 40 some years. I don't know how many people thought of themselves as "protest singers" during the 60s--or can think of their work now in that light--we will always need to be reminded, through music or any of the arts, that speaking up honestly is a divine act.

Happy Birthday, and best wishes, Joan Baez.


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