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Joan Baez

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Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Born Staten Island, New York
Known as “the queen of the folk singers” during the heyday of hootenannies—folk music’s version of a jam session—Joan Baez had what a 1962 Time cover story called a voice “as clear as air in the autumn, a vibrant, strong, untrained, and thrilling soprano.” She played the coffeehouse circuit before causing a sensation at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, and she soon became associated with such legendary folk groups as the Weavers and the Seeger family. Her first album of English and American ballads was a huge success and included her soon-to-be- classic renditions of “Barbara Allen” and “All My Trials.” By the mid-1960s Baez was associated with various political causes, most prominently the antiwar and civil rights movements.
Artist
Russell Hoban, 4 Feb 1925 - 13 Dec 2011
Sitter
Joan Baez, born 9 Jan 1941
Date
1962
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Medium
Casein on board
Dimensions
Sight: 73.7 x 52.1cm (29 x 20 1/2")
Frame: 86.4 x 64.8cm (34 x 25 1/2")
Type
Painting
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322 Mezzanine
Object number
NPG.78.TC215
Topic
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair
Interior\Domestic
Music\Musical instrument\Guitar
Joan Baez: Female
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Folk
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