Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei to Receive 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in Berlin May 21, 2015 – Time.com has an amazing photo slideshow of Joan Baez as she began her early life as an activist-musician. This coincides with Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei being awarded the 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in…
AUG 28, 2013 – JTMP is all about music and activism, and we recognize how important the role music played in the March on Washington 50 years ago. One of the most well-known musical events was Peter, Paul and Mary singing their great folk activist protest songs; watch "If I Had a Hammer" below. Many great musicians were on hand that day such as the legendary and great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson who goaded Martin Luther King Jr. into deviating from his prepared text at the March on Washington 50 years ago saying, "Tell them about the dream Martin!", setting up the historic moment. Other musicians present were Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Activist Dick Gregory later complained there were too many white musicians, and wished there was more diversity in the lineup. Nevertheless, music played as a soundtrack to history, and check out 8 great songs tied to the march from Mahalia Jackson to Odetta on USAToday.com here.
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)
NOV 11, 2011 – Legendary musical activist Joan Baez swore she would visit the Occupy Wall Street, and now she has kept to her word and has announced she would do a concert today from 1PM to 5PM, the 11/11/11 Veterans Day Concert and the slogan will be, "Honor the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living!" Tens of thousands are expected, and speakers will include Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas who became famous for decrying police brutality against unarmed peaceful protesters, and other speakers. At first she wanted to hold the concert in Zuccotti Park, but officials balked at that, and Foley Square was chosen instead. JTMP will post videos of the concert when they are posted, so check back.
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NOV 9, 2011 – In a recent interview with NewsTimes, musician activist Joan Baez said she and her crew who are in Connecticut for a show were inspired by the Occupy movement adding, "I've been thinking about what is a good song to start with, But I'm not sure what that song will be." She also said she wants to visit Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park but added, "I don't want to go in toting my guitar. This has a very different tone. I am going to want to talk to the people." Watch her sing "Finlandia" below in a clip from Michael Moore's "Slacker Uprising".