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Folk singer Joan Baez, on a Swiss Concert Tour in 1978. (/AFP/Getty Images)

Only woman

Joan Baez to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017

December 20, 2016

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that it will induct legendary folk singer Joan Baez into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, together with other giants of the music world like Pearl Jam, Tupac, Journey, Yes, and Electric Light Orchestra. A ceremony will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April, where several of the artists will perform as well. The show usually culminates in a huge all-star jam.

Baez said she was totally surprised when she heard the news. “I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist,” she said in a statement. “But as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the Sixties, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon. I very much appreciate this honor and acknowledgement by the Hall of Fame.” Baez is the only woman among the 2017 class and just the third woman to be inducted in the last four years — a point that has drawn criticism for the rock hall. Below, watch her perform one of her beloved tracks, “Diamonds and Rust,” live in 1975.

Read the full story at Rolling Stone.


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