17-Year-Old Joan Baez Performs at Famous “Club 47” in Cambridge, MA (1958)

The video above brings you way back (we think) to 1958, when Joan Baez was only 17, to a concert she played at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge, Mass. While the teenage ingénue broke onto the folk scene, Bob Dylan was still a student back in Hibbing, Minnesota. Five years later, Baez introduced Dylan to the music world; the two dated for a while; and then, even while going their separate ways, they put their stamp on the 60s folk scene – a story that gets well documented in the book, Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina. If you click here, you can watch Baez, now in her prime, perform a complete concert in 1965. The show runs 65 minutes and features 18 songs.

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  • Bob says:

    Lovely! Thanks, what a great voice.

  • My perfect woman. I can’t imagine anyone more beautiful or with a nicer personality. I’ve been in love with her since I was about 17 myself (now 63).

    Happy birthday Joan and many of them. Thanks for everything you’ve given the world.

  • liza says:

    Beautiful clip. Happy birthday Joan.

    I don’t think that she introduced Dylan to the music world, though. He was already part of the Greenwich Village Folk scene when they met. Read a textured and detailed description of those days in Alix Dobkin’s memoir, My Red Blood. http://www.alyson.com/9781593501075.html

  • I have always loved Joan’s music. I was looking forward to seeing a video clip of her singing or talking at age 70yrs.

    When I was in my teens and twenty’s I used to walk around the house singing her songs and people thought I sounded like her! I doubted it and put it down to our similar physical features because they also said I looked like her. Then, I met her cousin in Boston (whose name now slips my mind). I met him via his then girlfriend, a classical musician acquaintance whom I had previously met in Tokyo where I was living. He told me, “gee… you really look like my cousin, Joan”. I smiled and realized for the first time that perhaps others telling me I look(ed) like her must be true after all. Strangely, we do have the same hair style both then and now.

    May you live until 120yrs Joan – and anyway you will live on beyond that in the hearts and minds of many…


  • Tinkie says:

    Happy Birthday and truly, thank you, for your beautiful songs and their meaningfull words.

  • mike says:

    great video clip. ty.

  • Bill Crawford says:

    Happy Birthday Joan!!!!!! I met you twice–once in Orlando and once in Tampa Florida. I have spoken to your son Gabe a few times about music. Thank you for making the world a more beautiful and humane place. God Bless You on your special day!!!

  • Liz says:

    Sorry, but she turned 70 in January!

  • David J Greenberg says:

    Well, I was there in 1958. Yes, true. It was magic; her voice just blew you away. Before the 47 debut she also was at the Cafe Yana one night and sang along with Fred Bazler and I and then with some others, came back to our pad on Montfort St (not there anymore) and sang a few songs and just hung out. Nice memory.


    Nice to see this again. I had forgotten that I responded earlier. Joan could sing anything at first glance and make you believe in the song. And, after all these year, looking back and realizing that a higher cause has always driven her. She is probably the bravest woman I have ever met.

  • Bob Olive says:

    That’s a very early performance, but it’s not Club 47.

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