Joan Baez Live in 1965: Full Concert

On June 5, 1965, Joan Baez played a special concert at the BBC Television Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, London. Although her fame at the time was newly eclipsed by that of her recently estranged lover Bob Dylan, Baez was very much in her prime.

The concert was recorded less than a month after Dylan’s 1965 tour of England, chronicled in D.A. Pennebaker’s film Don’t Look Back, in which Dylan failed to invite Baez onstage despite the fact that she had introduced him to national audiences in America.

Baez plays several Dylan songs in the BBC concert, along with other folk and pop songs from her repertoire. Included is Baez’s first hit single, her version of the Phil Ochs song “There but for Fortune,” which was released the same month in America but would not come out in the UK until the following month. The concert was originally broadcast by the BBC as two separate half-hour specials, both ending with the classic French love song “Plaisir d’amour.” Baez’s mother Joan Senior, or “Big Joan” as she was called (and who died this month at the age of 100), can be seen in the background at the 33:30 and 104:43 marks applauding and smiling proudly. The set list for the two back-to-back programs is:

  1. “I’m a Rambler, I’m a Gambler”
  2. “There but for Fortune”
  3. “Copper Kettle”
  4. “Mary Hamilton”
  5. “Don’t Think Twice, it’s Alright”
  6. “I’m Troubled and I Don’t Know Why”
  7. “We Shall Overcome”
  8. “With God on Our Side”
  9. “Plaisir d’amour”
  10. “Silver Dagger”
  11. “Oh Freedom”
  12. “She’s a Troublemaker”
  13. “The Unquiet Grave”
  14. “It Ain’t Me Babe”
  15. “Isn’t it Grand”
  16. “500 Miles”
  17. “Te Ador/Ate Amanha”
  18. “Plaisir d’amour”

Related content:

Joan Baez Performs at Age 17

Two Legends Together: A Young Bob Dylan Talks and Plays on The Studs Terkel Program, 1963

Bob Dylan Shares a Drug-Hazed Taxi Ride with John Lennon (1966)

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