Joan Baez (image from Youtube)

Joan Baez is a woman that has a rock & roll attitude toward life, freedom, and love. A partner to Bob Dylan for few months, and a friend of Martin Luther the King, she continues to move on with her life and music. Her voice is pure, strong and haunting. It made everything sound like a hymn.

Along with Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul, and Mary, they spearheaded the American Folk Revival having Protest Song as its radical spawn. She was the voice for the political and social activists and revolutionists during the sixties. She helped invent the idea of the protest singer, and more than decades later, she’s still at it. Though her songs bravely condemn societal anomalies, people close to her would agree that she has a kind and compassionate heart.

Joan Baez (image from upload.wikimedia.org)

She has overcome her stage fright thru the years. Little did we know about her anxiety attack every time she faced the crowd to perform. By now, she has perfected the auto-hypnosis strategy.  It’s some kind of an image rehearsal. You simply think of something that makes you feel as happy as you can ever feel, then transplant that feeling into a coming event- and the feeling stays with you.

Here’s Joan Baez’s cover of “No Woman, No Cry.” She puts a folk touch on a reggae song.

No Woman, No Cry

“No Woman, No Cry”, a reggae song popularized by Bob Marley and the Wailers, became popular in 1974.  This became Marley’s first hit when it was released as a single from his album, Live! Recorded live in the Lyceum Theatre in London on July 19, 1975, the song ranked number 37 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song tells about life growing in the ghetto. The narrator persuades a woman that things will get better, pleading her not to cry.

The earlier version of the song which remained unreleased was a Gospel version. Peter Tosh recorded the original version with only the piano riff as the main instrument.

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