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June 8th, 1965: Joan Baez performs live at the BBC

Joan Baez performs live at the BBC

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June 5, 1965 - Joan Baez played a special concert at the BBC Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, London.

The show took place less than a month after her estranged lover, Bob Dylan, had toured the country on the back of his Bringing It All Back Home album release. As famously documented in D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Don't Look Back, Baez joined Dylan on the road throughout the tour. Dylan had performed at the BBC five days earlier on June 1, 1965.

Joan Baez performs live at the BBC
Dylan and Baez in 1965.

Baez's performance on the BBC special is testament to the influence Dylan had over her at the time. Not only does she play three Dylan numbers in the set, but her between song banter takes on particularly Dylan-esque affectations. See her introduction to "It Ain't Me, Babe" below, for example.

The full set-list is as follows:

01 I’m a Rambler, I’m a Gambler

02 There but for Fortune

03 Copper Kettle

04 Mary Hamilton

05 Don’t Think Twice, it’s Alright

06 I’m Troubled and I Don’t Know Why

07 We Shall Overcome

08 With God on Our Side

09 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

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