Baez, a legendary folk singer in the United States talks to Dilara Hashem in
this exclusive interview to Voice of America. She talks about her autobiography
called And A Voice To Sing With. Being a great humanist, she is one of the few
foreign artists who protested against 1971 genocide in Bangladesh and sang the
unforgettable song Bangladesh Bangladesh.
was born in Staten Island, New York. She grew up in New York and California,
and when her father took a faculty position in Massachusetts, she attended
Boston University and began to sing in coffeehouses and small clubs.
was known for her soprano voice, her haunting songs, and, until she cut it in
1968, her long black hair. Early in her career she performed with Bob Dylan,
and they toured together in the 1970s. Early in her career, Joan Baez stressed
historical folk songs, adding political songs to her repertoire during the
1960s. Later, she added country songs and more mainstream popular music, though
always including many songs with political messages. She supported such
organizations as Amnesty International and Humanitas International. Joan Baez
continues to speak and sing for peaceful solutions to violence in the Middle
East and Latin America.