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Songs You Love By Singers You Hate: Diamonds and Rust by Joan Baez

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  • Humdeedee July 25, 2022, 2:13 PM

    There’s a place on the top of my head that throbs when I listen to music that recalls memories and times in the past, like this one. Or, like the songs and music you posted Sunday, are simply unbelievably beautiful.

  • captflee July 25, 2022, 2:24 PM

    Who has the time to hate the minstrels? We live in an incredibly target rich environment. For the worst of them, I can only muster up what Exeter did, “Scorn and defiance, slight regard, contempt…”. Pretty sure Bobby Z and Ms Baez aren’t nearly the worst out there, though they’ve certainly been at it a while.

  • Stukas Over Disneyland July 25, 2022, 5:54 PM

    The Judas Priest version rocks and SOD has the hilarious 15 second mockery version.
    Music is a magnificent morale booster.

    “Never trust a dirty sh1t hippie.”

    Johnny Rotten, Sex Pistols, 1977.

    • Wombat-socho July 26, 2022, 5:53 PM

      I, too, prefer the Judas Priest cover of this song.

  • Sid V July 25, 2022, 6:02 PM

    Never heard this song before. Thanks for posting V.

  • ThisIsNotNutella July 25, 2022, 6:51 PM

    I’ve a perverse liking for this album. One of the first of those new-fangled CDs (reissue of course) purchased back when the world was young, but you precocious Boomers were already as old as the hills.

    Must have been late 80s / very early 90s, but I can recall that the album art and contents were already so clearly of another time and place. 1975 to me as 1960-something to the talented witch in question.

    Now for singers we hate whose songs we also hate: Barbra Streisand anyone?

  • Skorpion July 25, 2022, 8:11 PM

    Someone once said about Joan Baez: “Her voice is as clear as a high mountain stream — and as WARM, too.”

  • Denny July 26, 2022, 8:42 AM

    Ah, Joan Baez, the the lady that claimed she was much too righteous to sing the words “a wretch like me ” in the Christian song Amazing Grace. When Dylan converted to Christianity she ran around venomously telling everyone “Poor little Bobby, – off to be with Jesus”.

    The bitch took her commie folklore role very seriously.

  • Jack July 26, 2022, 9:56 AM

    Diamonds and Rust is a beautiful song but I tend to choke whenever I hear it sung by Baez. She’s a fine looking woman and obviously very talented but I have always disliked entertainers who were also political activists. And she has pretty much ridden that horse through life, cherished by the Left who would toss the US under the bus without a second thought. There is just something about that woman that offends me.

    • Vanderleun July 26, 2022, 10:08 AM

      And rightly so. Her reptile sheen oozes through her skin.

      • ghostsniper July 26, 2022, 10:50 AM

        Now, now, now you two.
        Separate the artist from the art.
        But since we’re on the subject, yeah I’ve liked the toon for 50 years, and I’ve wanted to bury my foot in her ass for just as long.

        • ThisIsNotNutella July 26, 2022, 2:31 PM

          Separating the Artist from the Art is one of the not-very-original sins which has gotten us to where we are.

          Still, there’s no denying that the Devil seems to get all the good lines and tunes. Guess he must have one hell of a Producer.

          • ghostsniper July 26, 2022, 2:56 PM

            You’re right about that camels nose under the tent and it lurks in the background of my brain. I guess being constantly aware is the game of the day, forever. Suffice to say, she nor dylan ever made a red centavo off’n my ass. But I have saved a few of their toonz off youtube and elsewhere. Too bad they didn’t profit from it, from me.

  • Teri Pittman July 26, 2022, 10:45 AM

    I know, Joanie Phonie and politics. But she has the most beautiful voice, especially on her first album. I saw a documentary about her. She was ironing clothes and started singing. Just amazing. It’s interesting that she didn’t get over Bobby and Bobby didn’t get over his wife, Sarah.

    • Jack July 27, 2022, 7:06 AM

      It’s a stretch to call Joan’s voice ‘beautiful’. It’s ok and had she not been involved with Dylan and a few others while being politically active and visible during her years of protesting, it reasonable to think that the world would have never heard of her.

      If you listen to her you’ll hear that she naturally flats notes that should not be sung out of pitch and she does not have the vocal chops to get beyond the genre of music she warbles over. If she did have that ability then she wouldn’t be stuck in the rut of ‘folk singers of the 60s’

  • jefferson101 July 26, 2022, 2:37 PM

    I never could muster any “hatred” for Joan. Pity, yes, but not hatred. Her political positions appeared to be honestly held, and her antiwar stance was honest. She was (and probably still is) a pacifist, and doesn’t believe in war at all. She opposed war, but she has been consistent, and I never got the impression that she was just supporting the other side, unlike some. (Yes, you, Jane Fonda. May you sit very close to the fire in Hell, forever.)

    Having noted that, I’d cheerfully listen to her singing the New York City Telephone Book in preference to well over half of what was passing for music back then, and two-thirds of what is now.

    It’s a pity that great talent so often comes with great stupidity, but I’ll not conflate the stupid with a lack of talent.