AMERICAN MASTERS: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound Series

Lectures curated around AMERICAN MASTERS: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound that follows Baez through her story, as human being first, pacifist second, and folk-singer third. Told often from her perspective, but supported by a rich performance and historical archive, the centerpiece of this film is Baez’ many years as a musician, her power as an artist, those who influenced her and those she influenced. From her earliest recordings, Baez introduced ever wider audiences to the songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash and, of course, Bob Dylan – before she began writing her own music. The thread of the film is a series of pointed, intimate, unscripted conversations between Baez and those whose lives paralleled hers, revealing the details of her story organically and in context. With Bonnie Raitt, we see how a Quaker upbringing shaped their world views; with Vaclav Havel, we learn of their work with Amnesty International. Without gimmicks, this film is true to the purity of Baez’ voice and illuminates her music.

Lectures curated around AMERICAN MASTERS: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound that follows Baez through her story, as human being first, pacifist second, and folk-singer third. Told often from her perspective, but supported by a rich performance and historical archive, the centerpiece of this film is Baez’ many years as a musician, her power as an artist, those who influenced her and those she influenced. From her earliest recordings, Baez introduced ever wider audiences to the songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash and, of course, Bob Dylan – before she began writing her own music. The thread of the film is a series of pointed, intimate, unscripted conversations between Baez and those whose lives paralleled hers, revealing the details of her story organically and in context. With Bonnie Raitt, we see how a Quaker upbringing shaped their world views; with Vaclav Havel, we learn of their work with Amnesty International. Without gimmicks, this film is true to the purity of Baez’ voice and illuminates her music.