Joan 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.
She 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.
Baez 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.