Imagine on Joan Baez

Personal interest but a brilliant edition of Imagine tonight on one of my favourite singers Joan Baez. Baez has managed a feat seldom seen in singers: to remain a significant force in music for five decades. My only complaint about the programme is that they did not play my favourite of her songs: Where have all the flowers gone.

  • Driftwood

    Thought this Baez more your style Turgon:

    Apart from the title of course.

    She also did a great track to the end of the film ‘Silent Running’.

    Didn’t realise you were/are a hippy soul.

  • Pete Baker


    Resizing and re-sourcing, and otherwise attributing, that photo would be wise move.

  • folkie fan


    Do you listen to the words of her songs? She’s a dangerous pacifist. Even your ‘where have all the flowers gone’ is against God-fearing soldiers who take up arms against wicked Communists. Next thing, you’ll say you like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton.

    Big Jimbo won’t like it.

  • Dewi

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  • Dewi
  • KieranJ

    Someone needs to tell Turgon that Joan Baez was two centuries ago.

  • Scaramoosh

    Hey Turgon

    What are you trying to do, confuse people?

    A TUV supporter with a heart?

    Perhaps you and Gerry do have something in common after all….

  • raubique

    Baez, “Come from the shadows” is a great album.

  • Thats not Joan Baez singing on the link.

  • Ulick

    “Baez … remain a significant force in music for five decades”

    I think you may be confusing her with someone else.

  • Turgon, PBS have an excellent doc on Joan Baez up online. Well worth the time.

  • Barnshee

    “Resizing and re-sourcing, and otherwise attributing, that photo would be wise move”

    From Cover of “Farewell Angelina” LP 1964 from memory

  • dub

    Well well, a collection of Mary Black records, well read on your Joyce and your Beckett, and now a fan of a folk singing communist fellow traveller!

    There seems to be some mis match between your aesthetic taste and your political taste, O’Turgon. Must be your inner Paddy;)

  • Nordie Northsider

    Maybe we shouldn’t be shocked at Turgon’s love of 60’s folk. Wasn’t Peter Robinson a folkie too? I think I even heard something about him composing protest songs, but I may have benn hallucinating. Not so much a protest singer as a Protestant singer.

  • JR

    Met Joan Out side Madison square garden in New York in the spring at Pete Seegar’s 90th Birthday concert. A lovely woman. Still an unbelievable singer.

    Many people try to claim music a type of music as theirs but beyond the lyrics music belongs to everyone.

  • David Cather


  • Never again must anyone say Turgon does not have a sense of humor, stealing photos and tapping his toes to peacenick songs, F.E. Smith will be spinning in his grave poor fellow.

    What next, can we expect a photo of John and Yoko in bed and a rendering from Turgon of give peace a chance or even better a chorus of imagine.

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace

  • pith


    “Where have all the flowers gone?” isn’t about Broughshane in Bloom.

  • Rory Carr

    At the height of the short career of the NI Peace People Movement Joan Baez disappointed me greatly by appearing on a platform in Trafalgar Square, London alongside Nobel Prize winners (“Ta very much, that’ll do nicely.”), Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan. Just as Joan launched into her song a great cheer burst forth from a small group, mostly drawn from Troops Out Movement supporters, as they pointed skywards across the square to an enormous builder’s crane which overlooked all and from which a huge banner now unfurled declaring: “Ireland Unfree Shall Never Be At Peace!”.

    The assorted news cameras immediately swung away from the platform and focused first on the banner and then upon we cheering protestors and the hero of the hour, Corkman, revolutionary socialist and nature’s gentleman, Oscar Gregan sped doen the crane’s gantry and ladders and evaded the flummoxed plod as they ran, hands holding down helmets, in a desperate attempt to apprehend our champion.

    Later we all met in a pub, toasted Oscar, sang The Ballad of Joe Hill (and here’s Joan terrific version below) and I chuckled warmly as I thought of the afternonn that my comrades and I upstaged Joan Baez.

  • Trev

    You see the thing is that Protestants, and indeed unionists, don’t have a North Korean mindset like your average republican.

    We’re allowed to think for ourselves and can develop an eclectic taste in lifestyle, interests, etc with no pressure to toe any particular partyline.

    Now for the one-dimensional Irish republican living to the rules of the Green Book: GAA; didledee muzak; blaming the Brits for all the world’s woes, this may seem outlandish but for us ploughing our own furrow does not mean we’ll end up as border-binbag filling.

  • Dave

    Am I the only one who can’t stand this self-preening warbler?

  • Trev

    Simple solution ‘Dave’ – pi**-off.

  • Dave

    Thanks for the advice. And here’s some for you: when you are trying your hardest to present yourself as a freethinking individualist (as in post 20), you should omit the group-think categorisation of “unionist” as it undermines your case, and simply serves to make you look a tad thick.

    Did you find that helpful? If you did, let me know and help you out some more.

  • Rory Carr

    “Am I the only one who can’t stand this self-preening warbler? “

    Now, Dave, the description “self-preening warbler” might well apply to any one of the contributors to this site from time-to-time including, if truth be told, yours truly on occasions when I get above meself.

    But, hey-ho! spiritual perfection is only always a human aspiration and never, ever a present condition – except, of course, in the case of the Blessed John O’Connell.