Joan Baez Returns to Hanoi After 40 Years

APR 11, 2013 – In an AP interview by Chris Brummitt, Joan Baez speaks of activism, the Vietnam War, and of course the music. She went back to Hanoi, for the first time in over 40 years, when she went on a peace mission in 1972 to try and end the Vietnam War. She spoke of how she had to scurry to the bomb shelter in the government-run hotel, and it made her deal with her "own mortality". Joan Baez does a lot of activism at rallies, and usually shuns political events, but she did make an exception for Barack Obama in 2008; and commenting on the President she said, "In some ways I'm disappointed, but in some ways it was silly to expect more. If he had taken his brilliance, his eloquence, his toughness and not run for office he could have led a movement. Once he got in the Oval Office he couldn't do anything."  (photo credit: CC/Ron Baker)

Read more of Chris Brummitt's interview of Joan Baez on the DenverPost.com.



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