You could say that Joan Baez almost invented protest music in America.
She was one of the earliest voices of protest music in the 1960s. Some of her more popular songs include the likes of 'There But for Fortune,' 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' and 'Diamonds and Rust'. Her form of protest was more that just rhythm and lyrics; for she marched with Martin Luther King Jr for the civil rights moment, and has campaigned for women's rights, gay and lesbian rights, and the environment, and is an Ambassador of Conscience for Amnesty International. She also famously helped bring Bob Dylan to the music scene.
On Friday, Baez will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it is only befitting that she has come up with another protest song before the induction.
Titled 'Nasty Man' , the song is dedicated to the POTUS Donald Trump. it is also important to note that Baez hadn't written a song in 25 years until the 2016 presidential race, when she felt it was finally time to pick up the guitar again. With Trump in office, she's cranked out five-and-counting verses of a tune somewhat in his honour.
Sitting comfortably on her couch at home, she grabs a guitar and begins strumming a tune. The title, 'Nasty Man' is a reference to the time when Trump called his competition Hillary Clinton 'a nasty woman' during the final debate of the presidential elections.
Baez sings, "Here's a little song, about a man gone wrong. While building up his evil empire, And after months of ifs and buts, the papers got the guts, to call the man of the year a liar." and "You're gonna build a wall, the beautifulist wall round our borders. But here's what I think, You better see a shrink, cuz you got serious psychological disorders."
She said about the current political climate of today, 'Well, first of all I’ve never seen anything like it and could not have imagined anything like it, because we always thought the days of somebody with that kind of ego and that Hitlerian stuff was reserved for back in the ’40s. What’s interesting is that there are many people who love it. They love a bully, somebody who makes them proud to be a bully. But I don’t find that very appealing at all."
Published Date: Apr 06, 2017 04:09 pm | Updated Date: Apr 06, 2017 04:09 pm