Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and activist. Baez was one of the most notable protest singers of the 1960s, standing against UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and supporting the UsefulNotes/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 ''Noël'', 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.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: She often performs barefoot.
* FolkMusic
* HiddenDepths: Baez is a good impressionist, as demonstrated in her appearance on ''Series/TheMuppetShow''.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Having learned the lyrics to ''[[Music/TheBand The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down]]'' by ear instead of a lyric sheet, her cover recording of the song was filled with these. Examples include, "So much cavalry" instead of "Stoneman's cavalry," and "I took a train to Richmond that fell" in place of "by May the tenth, Richmond had fell."
* ProtestSong: Many. "There But for Fortune" and "What Have they Done to the Rain?" are two of the better-known examples.
* SelfTitledAlbum: She had several: ''Joan Baez'', ''Joan Baez, Vol. 2'', ''Joan Baez/5'' and ''Joan''.
* TakeThat:
** "To Bobby", from 1972's ''Come from the Shadows'', chides Dylan for his abandonment of political songwriting and activism.
** She was the target of this with cartoonist [[ComicStrip/LilAbner Al Capp's]] character Joanie Phoanie.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Her song "Altar Boy and the Thief" centers around a gay bar.
* UsefulNotes/{{Woodstock}}: Baez headlined the first night of the famous 1969 festival.