Thursday, September 24, 2009

Joan Baez: respect

Joan Baez is treated shabbily by some Dylan aficionados. I don’t particularly like Baez’s voice, her music or her worldview, but I’d shrink from the personal attacks she occasionally attracts. As a successful musician (and an early promoter of Dylan), she deserves respect.

Baez is still performing at the age of 68 – remind you of anyone? She’s touring the UK from 1 October. Though I wouldn’t dream of attending a gig myself, if you are, I hope you (and Ms Baez) enjoy it.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper carried an extensive interview by Mick Brown on 15 Sept; it includes lots of Dylan content - recommended:

Gerry Smith