December: Joan Baez Reopens the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence


Excerpt from the Monterey Herald’s “Joan Baez’s Old Monterey Home on Historic Resource List” by Larry Parsons:

During the time Baez lived in Carmel Valley, [California], she was romantically linked to Bob Dylan and used part of her income from a string of folk music albums that were essential listening for many ’60s travelers to start an Institute for the Study of Nonviolence in the valley.

Her Carmel Valley neighbors, at first, were leery of Baez’s institute, fearing an onslaught of “hippies and free-love subversives.” But she reopened it quietly in December 1965 after a brief closure because of the outcry.

From 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music:

Joan Baez went electric on her album Farewell Angelina with the help of guitarist Bruce Langhorne, the inspiration for “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The album included four Dylan covers and a Donovan tune. Her cover of Dylan’s “Daddy You’ve Been On My Mind” took on a bittersweet poignancy when released as the B-side to Phil Och’s “There But For Fortune” in June. A few weeks earlier, Baez went to visit her former lover Dylan in Italy and found him accompanied by future wife Sara Lownds.

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