Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Almost two years to the day after that, at age 21, Baez appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, an astonishing feat for a 21-year-old folksinger who had only just released her third album, a live recording entitled “In Concert,” which included two songs written by a complete unknown from northern Minnesota — a Jewish guy named Robert Allen Zimmerman who had adopted the pseudonym Bob Dylan — alongside her rendition of “Kumbaya.”. She drew much criticism for a tour of North Vietnam in 1972. She was instrumental in the early career of Bob Dylan, with whom she was romantically involved for several years. For the album, see Joan Baez (album). Although some considered her voice too pretty, her youthful attractiveness and activist energy put her in the forefront of the 1960s folk music revival, popularizing traditional songs through her performances in coffeehouses, at music festivals, and on television and through her record albums, which were best sellers from 1960 through 1964 and remained popular. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. Our latest podcast episode features popular TED speaker Mara Mintzer. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. She also recorded her sister Mimi Farina’s work. Vanguard Records, known for promoting folk music, signed Baez and in 1960 her first album, Joan Baez, came out. Bob Gibson invited her to attend the 1959 Newport Folk Festival where she was a hit; she appeared again at Newport in 1960. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. She also covered songs by country songwriters including Willie Nelson and Hoyt Axton. Her covers of such Dylan songs as “Don’t Think Twice” helped bring him his own recognition. She moved to California in 1961. All the songs on her 1969 Any Day Now, a two-record set, were composed by Bob Dylan. Joan Baez Biography . She included on that album “We Shall Overcome” which, as an evolution of an old gospel song, was becoming a civil rights anthem. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason. We’ll email you whenever we publish another article by J.J Goldberg. She performed with him periodically and spent a lot of time with him from 1963 to 1965. (Her relationship with Dylan and with her sister and brother-in-law, the folksinging duo Mimi and Richard Fariña, is chronicled in David Hajdu’s Positively 4th Street .) While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Joan Baez recorded more mainstream popular songs in the later 1960s, including from Leonard Cohen (“Suzanne”), Simon and Garfunkel and Lennon and McCartney of the Beatles (“Imagine”). Baez was known for her soprano voice, her haunting songs, and her long black hair early in her career — until she cut it in 1968. Later on, Sekunda translated the song into English, along the way changing the title to “Dona Dona.” In the mid-1950s, Arthur Kevess and Teddi Schwartz retranslated the song into English, and it was their version — now spelled “Donna Donna” but still pronounced with a long “o” — that Baez included on her eponymous debut album. Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez's new album, Whistle Down The Wind, is available now. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Baez wrote Daybreak (1968), an autobiography, and a memoir titled And a Voice to Sing With (1987). The daughter of a physicist of Mexican descent whose teaching and research took him to various communities in New York, California, and elsewhere, Baez moved often and acquired little formal musical training. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. As a Quaker, she refused to pay a part of her income tax that she believed would go to pay for military spending. Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. In 1993 Baez performed in Sarajevo, then in the midst of a war.