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January 9, 2023

Stunning Photos of a Young Joan Baez on the Beach Near Her Home in Carmel, California in 1962

Standing on the shore, she evokes the same wistful intensity that goes into her rare but luminous recordings of sweet laments. These stunning photos of a young Joan Baez were taken by LIFE photographer Ralph Crane near her home in Carmel, California, in 1962.








Joan Baez first became known to the wider public as a distinctive folk singer after performing at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. After releasing her debut album in 1960, she became known for topical songs promoting social justice, civil rights and pacifism.

Baez also played a critical role in popularizing Bob Dylan, with whom she dated and performed regularly in the mid-1960s. Baez’s most popular songs over the years have included “We Shall Overcome,” “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “Diamonds and Rust.” With an enduring career, she has continued to record and perform into the 2000s.

(Photos by Ralph Crane—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)




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