Joan Baez is an American folk singer/songwriter and activist, committing to nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and environmental issues. Working and touring with folk songwriter Bob Dylan, Baez’s breakthroughs came during the turbulent 1960′s, releasing albums such as Joan Baez, Farewell Angelina, David’s Album, etc. In 1975, she released Diamonds and Rust, a renowned collection of her originals and covers of Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, John Prine, Jackson Browne and more. Baez was critical to the founding of Amnesty International, and she was a prominent opponent to the Vietnam War, the death penalty, the Iraq War. To this day, she still writes and fights for LGBT rights, the Occupy Wall Street movement and social justice.
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