Joan Baez（1941年1月9日出生在纽约Staten岛），是一位民谣歌者，词曲作者以及社会活动家。Joan Baez的歌喉被公认为是一个奇迹，未经正规训练，朴实无华，却不时以激情传神，令人过耳不忘。Joan的歌曲多关注当时的社会热点问题，因此她戏称自己是“政治民谣歌手”。
1960年Baez开始录制唱片，迅速取得成功。她的三张专辑：Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, 以及Joan Baez in Concert均达到黄金销量，且在排行榜上足足持续了两年。
Baez 最好的录音有"Diamonds & Rust"以及"There but for Fortune"，还有"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"（后者曾在1971年全美单曲排行榜上位于前五名），让Baez名声大振的歌曲还有"Farewell, Angelina"，"Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word"，"Joe Hill", "Sweet Sir Galahad" 以及"We Shall Overcome"。
Baez 在1961年与Bob Dylan（鲍勃迪伦）相遇并开始合作音乐专辑以及演唱会后，便成了乐坛的“神话”，二人分别成为统领乐坛的民谣音乐“帝与后”。同时由于家庭以及早期遭受种族歧视的经历（Baez具有拉丁血统）Baez一生都致力于反对暴力、人权以及环境保护领域的社会活动。
在自编自唱的同时，Baez也大量翻唱了其他歌手的作品，包括The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder等等。近些年来，她投身入演唱当代作曲家的作品，这些作曲家包括：Ryan Adams, Steve Earle 以及 Natalie Merchant。
而在10月14日，美国公共广播播出了名为American Masters的系列纪录唱片，其中收录了Baez五十年来的经典名曲，名为“Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound”，该节目由Mary Wharton编辑录制，而这些经典歌曲的DVD版及CD版均已在2009年10月13日问世。
总之，Joan Baez同Bob Dylan一样，也是一代民谣与人文大师。或许，以其永不落伍的艺术气质与人文精神，他们也完全应该被看作我们这个世界永恒的艺术与人文先驱。
Agencies and Dong MInzhi contributed to this story
When asked about how she would describe herself, a young Joan Baez stated, first a human being, second a pacifist, and third, a folk singer. That surprising response seems perfectly reflected in this documentary about her life: a multi-faceted human being of great complexity, a political activist of tremendous courage and tenacity, and a rare talent that sang with many of the great protest voices of the twentieth century. She was also a sister, a mother, a daughter, a friend and a wife. Mary Wharton directed this look at Ms. Baez, effectively moving between the more current interviews with the star and her fellow history makers, and then using archival footage, news footage and personal clips to give a fuller view of an interesting political figure and entertainer.
Between talent and politics, Joan Baez has always chosen politics. She was more pacifist than singer, but both were done with exquisite ability and determination. Surprises are carefully woven into the fabric of the film, such as the admission of insecurity that led to panic attacks while Ms. Baez was an early performer, her close ties to a sister that died at a young age of cancer, and her fear of commitment to any relationship. Her love and devotion to politics is what ultimately damaged her marriage and her family, a common sacrifice for those uncommon enough to have a higher vision.
How Sweet the Sound Profiles a Political Personality
Joan Baez, with her dark hair and beauty, was thought to be an Arab when she lived in Baghdad as a young girl. Forging her own unique path in her teen years, she began to sing with the wave of political songs and songsters from that era. Having a crystal clear voice that was well-suited to the songs espousing her political views, she became a popular icon of the changes for which she was a living witness: Civil Rights, Peace, and Human Rights all captured her attention.
An early relationship with Bob Dylan led to disappointment as she hoped that Dylan would be the voice of the political positions she cherished; he preferred to sing. Baez was soon pulling men out of the induction lines, going to jail, going back on the lines to try to save the young men about to be conscripted to service in the military machine in Vietnam. Eventually, she married David Harris, an anti-war organizer who spent several years in jail. The time apart fractured the relationship, which lived on in their beautiful son, but was not to be redeemed in their marriage.
Read more at Suite101: Joan Baez - How Sweet the Sound, a Documentary by Mary Wharton