The White House hosted two special events Tuesday in honor of Black History Month: a high school workshop in the afternoon and a concert Tuesday evening. Both featured performances by noted folklorist and musician Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Concert artists included, among others, Yolanda Adams, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Smokey Robinson, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. An article in The Root has a thoughtful analysis of Dylan’s role in the civil rights movement.
PBS will broadcast the concert at 8:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, February 11. Beginning Thursday, February 12, the performance will be available online.Read More Add a Comment
Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound, a documentary scheduled to air on the PBS American Masters series October 14, was shown at the Toronto Film Festival on September 18. The first U.S. showing will be October 9, at the Paley Center’s DocFest 2009 in New York. The film will be released on CD and DVD October 13 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. Candid interviews with fellow musicians, including Bob Dylan, help round out the story of Baez’s life as a sociopolitical activist and folk musician. See her web site for a preview.Read More Add a Comment
The Boulder Weekly has a recent interview with Joan Baez, discussing her career, her involvement in political protest, the changes in our social environment and the evolution of her musical style. She is appearing at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder on Wednesday July 15th.Read More Add a Comment