The Joan Baez Thread & Is the Community of the Internet UnAmerican?

 

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As some of you may know, I obsess over our blog statistics.  I love statistics, which is a sign that I need a life, I understand that…  We have had tons of referrals to our blog because of a 07-31-09 thread about Joan returning to the Newport Jazz Festival.  That thread garnered fewer than 20 comments if I am remembering correctly.  But there have been days that the Joan Baez thread beat all other sources of referrals by a huge margin.  I think I have discovered the reason why.  But first, a hippy digression.

In 1970, when I was 16 years old, my two best friends and I went to the Twin Drive-In theater in Wichita, KS to see Woodstock the movie.  I think the drive-in was where the mall on Harry street is now, but I am not sure of that.  Any way, as my two friends and I lucked out on that summer night, there were a couple of girls parked next to us, who had offered to let us smoke some of their supplies which made the music sound much better than it already did.  Joan sang at least one song in the movie acapella and I distinctly recall thinking, ‘if there are real angels, they can’t sound better than that!’  A good time was had by all and we got home safely. 

Joan+Baez[1]I have wondered why we have so many searches and hits regarding Joan Baez keep showing up in our Blog Stats.  I think I know the reason why.  In the Google searches of Joan Baez images we are number twelve in the list.  The image I used is the one above of a mature, but still hot, IMHO, Baez.  I did not take the photo, I do not own it, nor do I have any proprietary rights for it.  [as an aside: Joan is 68 years old – she was born 01-09-41].  Because our image is so near the top, other blogs use our image – for example – http://roland.blogspot.com/2009/10/joan-baez-how-sweet-sound.html – the aforementioned blog is part of the Miami Herold if I understood correctly. 

Recapping:  Our blog has profitted in terms of hits from an image we do not own, is disseminated by people we don’t know, but whom help us keep our numbers up.  This is not the “work hard, produce a better product, and the world will beat a path to your door” mantra the conservatives like to believe still exists.

Is the blogosphere UnAmerican and UnRepublican?  You be the judge.

iggydonnelly

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21 responses to “The Joan Baez Thread & Is the Community of the Internet UnAmerican?

  1. We work hard on this blog at times, but there still is this collectivist, luck, kind of variable at work here. I hope that point is clear…

  2. David B

    Her old boyfriend, Bob Dylan is playing in Salina this week, by the way…

    • No kidding. I think it is real sad that Salina has a venue to get so many acts that, we here, won’t have even when the Intrust Bank place opens. I hope I am wrong on that belief. We will see.

      I had a friend who had a bar in Hays, KS that specialized in hiring blues acts. He was able to hire Koko Taylor and similiar quality acts due to catching them on their trip from K.C. to Denver. So, Salina may be more strategically located than ICT, too.

    • A couple of (or, maybe more) years ago, I went to a Willie Nelson/Bob Dylan concert at Lawrence Dumont stadium. Willie’s voice was as strong and powerful as ever. Robert Zimmerman was almost whispering into the mike and you couldn’t hear him. I left early – it was very disappointing.

  3. Bad Biker

    Sorry, Iggy, but you are a decade off on Joan’s birthday – she was born in 1941, making her 68.

  4. She looks really good for a 58-year-old woman; she looks fantastic for one who is 68!

  5. G-stir

    I’d like her Martin guitar , and then send her over to Bikedom.

  6. wicked

    The Internet as a whole is the world. Back in 1996 when I first tentatively dipped my toe into the WWW, one of the first less than dozen people I met was a young man, a teacher, from Barbados. Imagine how my jaw dropped! It was mind-boggling enough that the others were from North Carolina, Wyoming, Illinois and other states. But Barbados?

    Just because the blogs we read are in our own English language, that doesn’t mean all are. People all over the world are blogging and have been for several years. Take a look at Facebook.

    Blogging isn’t UnAmerican, it just isn’t nationalized. Nor is it politicized, so it isn’t UnRepublican either. But you knew that. 🙂

    iggy, I saw Woodstock at the Meadowlark/Twin drive-in, too. I’ll bet we were on the other side of the girls who shared with you all. (Yes, it was where the Harry Street Mall is now, as was Kiddieland. That makes me ancient, I know.)

    • I did not explicitly state it, but in a way I “stole” that photo and now others are “stealing” what I had “stolen” – and I expect that the thiefs stealing it know I probably stole it, too.

      The whole ambiguous ownership thing – seems real “unconservative” to me.

  7. I was thinking that was the location – and I do remember Kiddieland – especially because I was a Kiddie when it was open.

    I remember taking a girlfriend to that drive-in and recall getting stopped on Grove when we were returning home. It was the only time that I was stopped as a teenager and warned, instead of ticketed. That experience completely changed my view of Wichita police at the time.

  8. jOAN BAEZ? WHAT A LOVELY NAME FOR A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WITH AN ASTONISHINGLY INCRECREDIBLE , INDESCRIBILE VOICE THAT LITERALLY TOOK MY BREATH AWAY WHEN I FIRST HEARD HER FIRST RECORD ALBUM;I WAS 14 YRS OLD, SO I GUESS AM 63 NOW…DROVE CAR TO CLASSES IN COLLEGE EACH DAY (YUP A TRUE DINOSAUR. BUT A … YUP, CO, IT’S TRUE…A FEISTY ACTIVE , ONE…ARTIST)…NO, NOT TRYING TO SELL ANYTHING HERE!! THIS IS SIMPLY A “THANK YOU” TO MS. BAEZ FOR SHARING THAT VOICE !! BRAVA, SING ON, CARRY ON jOAN BAEZ BLESS YOU & THANK YOU SO MUCH, JUDE REDMSN

  9. Our guest reminded me that the only Beatles song my father ever liked was “Hey, Jude”.

    • wicked

      That song brings back a lot of memories for me. Good ones. 🙂

      My cousin was one of the sound men on Julian’s album, but I don’t know which album. I was positively green with envy that he’d met John Lennon’s son. The voices are eerily similar.

  10. Also, Joan Baez was the only artist on the Woodstock album that my parents could tolerate listening to.

    • wicked

      At least you had the album. I never did get it or the DVD of it. VH1 (I think) ran the movie over and over not long ago, so I was able to watch it until my eyes glazed over. I’d forgotten so much of it. An amazing piece of history. I need to put that on my DVD-to-Buy list. Would love to hear and see Joan and all the rest again.