martes, 10 de enero de 2017

Joan Baez cumplio 76 años

Joan Chandos Báez (Staten Island, Nueva York, Estados Unidos, 9 de enero de 1941), más conocida como Joan Báez, es una cantante, compositora y activista estadounidense, cuya música folk contemporánea incluye a menudo canciones protesta o de justicia social. Caracterizada por una voz potente, aguda, próxima a la de una soprano, y con un vibrato controlado para potenciar la dramatización de las letras de las canciones, es una de las mayores figuras de la canción protesta surgida en los años sesenta, al calor de la Guerra de Vietnam. Su repertorio, no obstante, abarca también lo tradicional, el country y el pop rock, y además de ser compositora, es generalmente considerada como una intérprete del trabajo de otros artistas, habiendo grabado canciones de Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon y Stevie Wonder, entre otros. En los últimos años, obtuvo cierto éxito al interpretar canciones de compositores modernos como Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle y Natalie Merchant. Báez comenzó su carrera musical en 1960 y logró un éxito inmediato. Sus tres primeros discos, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 y Joan Baez in Concert, han sido certificados como discos de oro y estuvieron en las listas de éxitos durante dos años. En la década de 1970, Báez logró nuevos éxitos con su canción "Diamonds & Rust" y con versiones de "There But for Fortune" de Phil Ochs y "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" de The Band. Otras canciones asociadas a Báez incluyen "Farewell Angelina", "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word", "Joe Hill", "Sweet Sir Galahad" y "We Shall Overcome". Interpretó tres de estas canciones en el Festival de Woodstock en 1969, promocionó las canciones de Bob Dylan a nivel nacional y mostró su compromiso con el activismo político y social en los campos de la no violencia, los derechos civiles, los derechos humanos y la defensa del medio ambiente.

Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez generally interprets other composers' work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Violeta Parra, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues. She began her recording career in 1960 and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status and stayed on the Billboard and other record album charts for two years. Songs of acclaim include "Diamonds & Rust" and covers of Phil Ochs's "There but for Fortune" and The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". She is also known for "Farewell, Angelina", "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word", "Forever Young","Joe Hill", "Sweet Sir Galahad" and "We Shall Overcome". She was one of the first major artists to record the songs of Bob Dylan in the early 1960s; Baez was already an internationally celebrated artist and did much to popularize his early songwriting efforts. Baez also performed three songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.Baez will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

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