American Masters: Season 23, Episode 7

Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound (14 Oct. 2009)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Baez ...
Himself, Joan Baez's father (archive footage)
Pauline Baez ...
Herself, Joan Baez's elder sister (archive footage)
Mimi Fariña ...
Herself, Joan Baez's younger sister (archive footage)
Roger McGuinn ...
Earnest Palmer ...
Himself (archive footage)
David Harris ...
Mike Allen ...
Himself, Episcopal minister (archive footage)
Telford Taylor ...
Himself (archive footage)
Gabe Harri ...
Himself, Joan Baez's son


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Love is NOT just a four-letter word..
9 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

A wonderful documentary,which does the artist justice.Joan Baez has always defined herself as first a human being ,then a pacifist and finally a folk singer.So the movie focuses on Baez the human being and Baez the activist ;in this field ,I can't see another American artist who can be compared to her:in the seventies,when many of her peers gave up the music as message ,she carried on;on the music side,only two songs are detailed :"love song to a stranger"(1972)( she wrote in the booklet included in her "rare live and classic" box set that a woman in the audience shouted that she "should be ashamed of herself for writing this "filthy" song!!!)and "diamonds and rust"(1975) (we learn that when she began to write it,it was NOT about Dylan but HE happened to call).David Crosby ,Roger McGuinn and Dylan himself appear in the film;Crosby praises Baez's firm stand against the draft during the Vietnam War while the two others admire her guitar playing they both tried to imitate but never could.

But the best moments show Joan Baez and her husband of the Woodstock era ,David Harris ,then a draft dodgers' hero for whom she wrote "a song for David" (1970) ;we also see their only son Gabriel who remembers the good time he had in the Rolling Thunder Review.

There's also Luther king and "we shall overcome " -I taught the song to my pupils this year- ;there's also her family and the tragic loss of her sister Mimi;there's also Baez performing contemporary songs.

All this and more in a 90 min movie.A must for all this great lady's fans.

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