Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound

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  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 1 hr
  • 7.7  (214)

Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound is a 2009 documentary film that showcases the fascinating life of Joan Baez, an American singer, songwriter, and political activist. This powerful and insightful film was directed by Mary Wharton and produced by Mark Spector, and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The biographical film begins with Joan Baez's early life, growing up in California with her Mexican-American father Albert Baez, who was a physicist at Stanford University, and her mother, who was of Scottish and English descent. The young Baez showed an early talent for music, and her father encouraged her to pursue her interests, playing her classical music and taking her to concerts.

As Joan Baez entered her teens, she became involved in the American folk music revival, which was centered around the coffee houses of the east coast. She quickly gained popularity among the folk fans, thanks to her clear and powerful voice and her ability to connect to her audience.

The documentary follows Baez's musical career, starting with her early performances and the release of her debut album. It proceeds to cover her collaborations with Bob Dylan, including their iconic performances at the Newport Folk Festival, and Baez's own contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War Movement.

Throughout the course of the film, we see how Baez's music and activism were intertwined, and how her personal convictions and beliefs fueled her passion for social justice. We see her perform at rallies, protests, and benefit concerts, and hear from those who were there with her at the time, including activists and fellow musicians.

The film also explores Baez's personal life, including her relationships with the men in her life, such as her husband David Harris, who spent years in prison for disobedience to the draft and her former lover Bob Dylan.

One of the unique features of this documentary is that it includes interviews with Baez's family members, including her father Albert and her sister Pauline, who provide an intimate look at her life, both as a musician and as a sister and daughter.

The film also includes rare archival footage that showcases Baez's performances at different stages of her career, including her appearance at Woodstock in 1969, and her duet with Pete Seeger on "We Shall Overcome."

Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound is an arresting look into the life of a musical icon and political activist who has inspired generations of fans and activists alike. The film offers a fascinating glimpse into the American folk music revival of the 1960s, and the social and political movements that defined that era. It is also an important testament to the enduring power of music to ignite social change and to inspire people to fight for what they believe in.

In conclusion, Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound is a must-see documentary for anyone interested in music, politics, and social justice. It offers a deep and profound insight into the life and work of Joan Baez, and showcases her legacy as a musician, activist and human being.

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    7.7  (214)