Joan Baez

"I was the right person in the right place at the right time. I could have popped up in the eighties with this voice and nobody would have given it the time of day."

"It was disconcerting after the sixties when everything changed. A lot of what I went through had to do with personal ego. I have heard people lie about it, and I have heard other people be straight about it, but it is ego bashing if you have been a superstar and then you go on an eight-year period when record companies are no longer interested, when you come to terms with yourself and figure out what you do. What do I do with my gift? What's the best way I can use it here and now? How can I cut away all the trash around it?"

Baez recorded A&M Records first charity single with her "Song of Bangladesh" in 1972.

Joan's final album for A&M Records, Gulf Winds was the first album where she wrote all the songs.

 

Complete A&M Recordings press release

20th Century Masters press release

Sources
  1. Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music. Joe Smith. New York: Warner Books. 1988.
Birth
Recording Years / Label
1971-1976 -  A&M Records
Instruments
vocals, guitar