And A Voice to Sing With: A Memoir by Joan Baez

By Joan Baez

• the fitting time for a reissue: In October 2009, PBS will air a ninety-minute primetime certain on Joan Baez as a part of the Emmy Award-winning American Masters sequence. instructed frequently from Baez’s standpoint, yet supported by way of a wealthy functionality and ancient archive, the documentary facilities on her profession as a musician, strength as an artist, those that encouraged her, and people she championed. she is going to even be on a 27-city U.S. journey beginning July 2009..

• A musical strength and a catalyst for social switch: on the age of eighteen Baez was once a world superstar with a Time journal conceal tale; fifty years later she has thirty-three albums to her credits. She additionally marched along Martin Luther King, Jr., used to be jailed for aiding the draft resistance, and sang within the first Amnesty foreign journey. a unprecedented girl who has led an eventful existence, Baez’s memoir is as sincere, unpretentious, and brave as she is. .

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Well, come in and get warm and get somethin’ to eat,” she said. The church bus drove away as Tate and Barbara Jean followed us inside and waited in the living room while Mama built a fire in the fireplace. Tate continued holding his closed hand up to his lips, clutching a rag that looked like half of a sock and inhaling through his mouth. Every so often he would take a plastic bottle from his back pocket, remove the cap, hold the rag on top of the bottle, and then flip the bottle upside down, saturating the rag with paint thinner.

Children followed him just as we had followed the lady to the theater. The boxer held his fists high above him as if he had already won the fight. Children surrounded him, and the sound of French horns made me believe I could be him. It was the first time I’d ever been inside a theater to watch a movie and the first time I saw Rocky. M a m a e n joy e d mov i e s, t o o, I di s c ov e r e d, bu t h e r movies weren’t as inspiring. indd 40 7/18/14 12:08 PM Matinee Madness 41 Mama had a friend with whom she liked to watch movies.

And Carver responded poorly to rejection. One day Carver stopped me on the sidewalk and told me to get off my bicycle. I was scared and confused, but I said no. That was not the answer Carver wanted to hear. Sitting on my bicycle, I looked up to see Carver’s face; instead, all I could see were his flaring nostrils. He looked like a giant compared to me. Carver reared back his cannonballsized fist and belted me in the nose, knocking me clean off my bicycle. He then jumped on my bike and pedaled away.

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