Joan Baez (b. 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and activist. Baez was one of the most notable protest singers of the 1960s, standing against the VietnamWar and supporting the CivilRightsMovement and environmentalism. Though her own songwriting skills have been praised, she is mainly regarded as an interpreter of others' works, most prominently those of Music/BobDylan (with whom she had a close personal and musical relationship in the early '60s).

Baez's music is fairly varied, ranging from folk to country to pop. Her best-known song is likely 1975's "Diamonds & Rust", a nostalgic reflection on Baez's failed relationship with Dylan. It was notably covered by Music/JudasPriest on their album ''Sin after Sin''.

!!Tropes associated with Joan Baez include:

* AuthorTract: Much of Baez's songwriting, particularly in the '60s and '70s, can be seen as dipping into this.
* ChristmasSongs: Her 1966 album ''NoŽl'', which features traditional carols arranged by Peter Schickele (aka Music/PDQBach).
* CoverVersion: Her entire career has been built around these. Of special note is her cover of Music/TheBand's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", which became her first and only Top 10 pop single in 1971.
* FolkMusic
* HiddenDepths: Baez is a good impressionist, as demonstrated in her appearance in ''Series/TheMuppetShow''.
* ProtestSong: Many. "There But for Fortune" and "What Have they Done to the Rain?" are two of the better-known examples.
* TakeThat: "To Bobby", from 1972's ''Come from the Shadows'', chides Dylan for his abandonment of political songwriting and activism.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Her song "Altar Boy and the Thief" centers around a gay bar.
* {{Woodstock}}: Baez headlined the first night of the famous 1969 festival.

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