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How Sweet The Sound (2009)

Joan Baez , various  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Baez
  • Directors: various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Razor & Tie
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LIKM9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the private life and public career of Joan Baez, How Sweet The Sound examines her history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation.

How Sweet The Sound features interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn and others, as well as a candid conversation between Joan and ex-husband David Harris. The film is rich is historic archival material including footage of Baez' controversial visit to North Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison, where he visited Joan to offer his support after she was jailed for protesting the draft during the Vietnam War, and never-before-seen film of Joan as a teenager performing at Club 47 in Cambridge, where her career was launched in 1958.

"Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound" Original Soundtrack includes material spanning Joan's career, including many rare, previously unreleased performances.

1. Man Smart Woman Smarter
2. I Never Will Marry
3. Barbara Allen
4. Silver Dagger
5. Fennario
6. Oh Freedom
7. With God On Our Side
8. A Song for David
9. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
10. I Pity The Poor Immigrant (Duet w/ Bob Dylan)
11.Carry It On
12.Diamonds & Rust
13.Love Song To A Stranger
14.Day After Tomorrow
15.Jerusalem

"Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound" movie
Also includes: Conversations with:
Dar Williams
Bill Fegan and Bishop Earnest Palmer
Vaclav Havel
Steve Earle


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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exquisite Portrait of the Queen of Folk! October 13, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At long last! Those of us who've followed Joan Baez' career (some since her beginning 50 years ago at the Newport Folk Festival) have watched her evolve into a legend in the folk music genre, an iconic figure with unparalleled skills as singer/songwriter, musician, and interpreter of some of the most beautiful and evocative folk, country, blues and rock songs ever written. We've bought her albums, then her cassettes, then her cd's, but we've also watched, listened and read about her efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable, war torn, disenfranchised and persecuted throughout the world.

Joan has stood with only her guitar and her clear, luminous voice braving dictators and bullies, military henchmen and bigoted thugs who would try to silence her from speaking or singing, determined to bring comfort and solace where she could, and hope and inspiration where she might. She has sung, marched, written about and simply been present at some of the seminal events of the past century; she has seen the triumphs and tragedies close up.

And finally this remarkable life has been documented with a depth befitting the woman who has quite rightfully become known as the Queen of Folk! The PBS 'American Masters' film takes us inside Joan's family, provides unprecedented access to friends and colleagues, and reveals the influences for her activism and her music---all candidly intimate and not always flattering, but never less than fascinating and sometimes funny, often poignant and always enthralling.

I would urge anyone who is familiar with and appreciates Ms. Baez' music to see this extraordinary documentary, and enjoy the splendid cd of her music that accompanies the DVD and traverses her career from its very beginnings to her most recent release, 'Day After Tomorrow', produced by Steve Earle. It's been a long time coming, but it's here at last...THANK YOU to Joan Baez, PBS and the producers and filmmakers for this wonderful tribute!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exquisite Portrait of the Queen of Folk! October 13, 2009
Format:DVD
At long last! Those of us who've followed Joan Baez' career (some since her beginning 50 years ago at the Newport Folk Festival) have watched her evolve into a legend in the folk music genre, an iconic figure with unparalleled skills as singer/songwriter, musician, and interpreter of some of the most beautiful and evocative folk, country, blues and rock songs ever written. We've bought her albums, then her cassettes, then her cd's, but we've also watched, listened and read about her efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable, war torn, disenfranchised and persecuted throughout the world.

Joan has stood with only her guitar and her clear, luminous voice braving dictators and bullies, military henchmen and bigoted thugs who would try to silence her from speaking or singing, determined to bring comfort and solace where she could, and hope and inspiration where she might. She has sung, marched, written about and simply been present at some of the seminal events of the past century; she has seen the triumphs and tragedies close up.

And finally this remarkable life has been documented with a depth befitting the woman who has quite rightfully become known as the Queen of Folk! The PBS 'American Masters' film takes us inside Joan's family, provides unprecedented access to friends and colleagues, and reveals the influences for her activism and her music---all candidly intimate and not always flattering, but never less than fascinating and sometimes funny, often poignant and always enthralling.

I would urge anyone who is familiar with and appreciates Ms. Baez' music to see this extraordinary documentary, and enjoy the splendid music included within the film that traverses her career from its very beginnings to her most recent release, produced by Steve Earle. It's been a long time coming, but it's here at last...THANK YOU, Joan Baez, PBS and the producers and filmmakers for this wonderful tribute!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Sweet Indeed October 15, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The producers of American Masters certainly have a knack for capturing the life stories of America's most important artists.

Early in this wonderful new documentary, Joan Baez states that many people tell her that they have known her music all their lives, yet many also confess that they know little about her, beyond her music. This statement did not strike me as odd; I needed only think about it for a brief moment, and I knew that it was true for me as well. Although I have loved and listened to the music of this incredible singer for over thirty years, admittedly far less than her stellar 50-year career, I confess that I had never really known much about her life. There were snatches of knowledge along the way - I knew that she was a tireless advocate of human rights, and I knew that her husband, David Harris, was jailed for inciting draft evasion shortly after they were married. I also knew that she had had a brief romantic fling with Bob Dylan. But, biographically speaking, that was where my knowledge of her ended. Although I have owned some of her earliest records for a very long time, I knew little about her career, family life or even her involvement in politics, although, of course, I had gleaned some of her activism just from her choice of material.

The film, which runs a little under 90 minutes, reflects a great deal of private and public information about Ms. Baez of which I was previously unaware. It also contains numerous clips of the early career, and the full story of her early triumphs. Some secrets are revealed; she speaks candidly about the stage fright that plagued many of her early performances, an affliction that no one was aware of.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 3 days ago by Gerald Waite
5.0 out of 5 stars A+.
I love Joan Baez and have for many many years. This was a good addition to my collection.
Published 1 month ago by Gerbera Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently produced DVD of Joan Baez's life!
Absolutely wonderful. How great to view a professionally produced profile of one of our most favorite musicians/activists. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin Theophilus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You won't believe all the things she's done!
Published 2 months ago by kristin skousgard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Joan Baez fans will really enjoy this DVD AND CD
Published 3 months ago by ROGERMALLISON
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique walk through a folk-song centered movement
Both the CD and the DVD of this set reinvigorate memories that have never strongly faded for those of us caught up in the music and politics of a time of rapid societal and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by daroberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisit my Folk Days
After Pete Segar's recent Passing I wanted to revisit by college years in the early 60's when I heard a Joan Baez concert at Bucknell University, The Weavers at Penn State, and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David J. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this DVD
We rented this DVD from Netflix and we liked it so much, we decided we had to own it. Lots of nostalgic music clips along with many interesting insights into the life of Joan... Read more
Published 9 months ago by colosue
3.0 out of 5 stars Intersting but Uninspiring
The DVD is less than I expected - there are some interesting moments but the interrogator does not prompt nearly enough reaction from Joan Baez who tends to lazily ramble through... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jean-Pierre Kirkland
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Baez. How can you go wrong
If you lived through the folk era of the sixties, you will certainly want this. Of course, that's a matter of personal preference, but I don't think you can go wrong with this.
Published 14 months ago by Richard Dawson
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