This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to singer, songwriter, and activist Joan Baez. In a career spanning more than five decades, Baez's discography is well-known, lengthy and diverse; her activism is as well. The Civil Right Movement, the Free Speech Movement, Vietnam, the death penalty, LGBT rights, and various environmental causes have kept Baez busy over the years - and also close to Pacifica Radio. In this episode, we'll reach back and revisit a 1964 recording of Baez performing at UC Berkeley during the free speech protests. We'll also hear Baez deliver an address to the members of Pi Chi, a youth organization at Piedmont Community Church in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.