Joan Baez: The Queen of Folk Still Reigns

"I needed reinvention," says the iconic musician and activist.

By Michelle Ciarrocca
Photograph: Photo by: Dana Tynan

As Baez admits in How Sweet the Sound, her happiest times were when her life was balanced between music and social causes, but often her family got short-changed. Today, she says, “Unless I’m really signed onto something, I don’t like to pretend that I am. I think that if there were a calling I would go, but right now that calling seems to be family.”

What’s on the horizon? “I’m going to publish a book of poetry in the next year, that’s my next little project,” says Baez.

Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound, Thirteen’s American Masters Documentary, will premiere on PBS nationwide October 14; the soundtrack and DVD are available for purchase.

Michelle Ciarrocca is a freelance writer based in Lancaster, PA.

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