Item description for Joan Baez and the Issue of Vietnam: Art and Activism versus Conventioality by Markus Jaeger...
Markus Jaeger wrote a detailed study on the way singer and activist Joan Baez combined two outstanding components of peace studies - art and activism - to protest against the Vietnam War. The study shows that the 1960s (and early 1970s) are by far more than an era of hippies overloaded with clichs. Baez is depicted as a timeless heroine making timeless music and proving the timeless relevance of peaceful protest against violent authorities. She is still active and creative today (she released a new album and performed at numerous demonstrations against the war in Iraq). The author: Markus Jaeger, born in 1976, finished his studies (English and American Studies, Political Science) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Political Science about the spirituality of non-violence. He has focused on peace studies and political change throughout his whole university career. Several of his literary publications (in various magazines and anthologies) also deal with that topic.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.75" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2007
ISBN 3898212971 ISBN13 9783898212977
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Art and Activism versus Conventionality Mar 29, 2007
This study deals with an extraordinary woman. Joan Baez is a singer who has proven the fact that "[...] politics has long outgrown matters of government[...]."(Salim Kemal, Ivan Gaskell, eds., Politics and Aesthetics in the Arts). Her way of combining art and activism to exercise politics is exemplified in this book, which analyses her artistic and political activities in regard to the issue of Vietnam. Joan Baez has always used her popularity as a singer to support her long career as an activist. The consequences she had to deal with were imprisonment, a partly declining recording career, and often finding herself a target of calumniation between the far right and the far left of the political spectrum; in spite of that, she has become a successful singer, "[...] whose politics and music melded magnificently to capture the temper of the 60s." (Barbara Goldsmith, "Life on struggle mountain," The New York Times Book Review) Baez's art and activism did not only fit into the 1960s, she is still active and creative today, at the age of 62. Baez is still making records, still giving concerts and still using her musical career to voice her activism. She claims that "[...] my beliefs stayed rock solid, which I'm glad about because it proves I was right about choosing them in the first place." (Baez in: Nigel Williamson, "The return of Saint Joan,") Joan Baez has sung on countless stages all over the world: in the famous coffee houses of Cambridge at the end of the 1950s and in racially tensed colleges in the South of the United States at the beginning of the 1960s. She has given concerts worldwide: in Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, Australia, Northern Africa, South, Central and North America, Canada, the Middle East, and the Far East. She also sang in the bomb shelters of Hanoi during the Vietnam War, in the Laotian refugee camps, and in the makeshift settlements of the Malaysian boat people. Her profession as a singer has enabled her to work together with the most creative artists of her time, from Scottish Folksinger Donovan to Bob Dylan, from the hard-rock group the Grateful Dead to the Beatles, from singer/actor Kris Kristofferson to Luciano Pavarotti.