Joan Baez Quotes

Joan Baez is one of the leading voices in folk music who has devoted herself to the cause of peace.

“I think music has the power to transform people, and in doing so, it has the power to transform situations – some large and some small.” – Joan Baez

“Mostly what I listen to when I turn on my little iPod is opera.” – Joan Baez

“It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.” – Joan Baez

“The hardest song to write is a protest song, a topical song with meaning.” – Joan Baez

“If people have to put labels on me, I’d prefer the first label to be human being, the second label to be pacifist, and the third to be folk singer.” – Joan Baez

“I see a young man playing ‘Plaisir d’Amour’ on guitar. I knew I didn’t want to go to college; I was already playing a ukulele, and after I saw that, I was hooked. All I wanted to do was play guitar and sing.” – Joan Baez

“If you’re gonna sing meaningful songs, you have to be committed to living a life that backs that up.” – Joan Baez

“During the ‘ballad’ years for me, the politics was latent; I was just falling in love with the ballads and my boyfriend. And there was the beauty of the songs.” – Joan Baez

“I didn’t go through the routine of singing in small clubs and doing open mics and working so hard the way a lot of people do and did. It was just an overnight kind of thing.” – Joan Baez

“Someone had to change the world. And obviously I was the one for the job.” – Joan Baez

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