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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/joan_baez_7616.jpg]]˛˛Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and political activist. ˛˛Baez was one of the most notable protest singers of TheSixties, 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:˛˛* ActuallyPrettyFunny: It took her a while to warm up to it, but she eventually admitted that [[ComicStrip/LilAbner Al Capp's]] parody of her was pretty funny. She even said "I wish I could've laughed at this at the time".˛* 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).˛* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Zigzagged on her Bob Dylan covers, where sometimes (e.g. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" and "Boots of Spanish Leather") she doesn't change the lyrics, but other times (e.g. "You Ain't Going Nowhere") she does.˛* 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 "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by ear instead of from a lyric sheet, her cover recording of the song was filled with these. Examples include "'Til so much cavalry came" instead of "'Til Stoneman's cavalry came", and "I took the 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.˛----

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