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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CMA screens rare Joan Baez documentary

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Originally released in 1970, Carry It On is an obscure documentary about Joan Baez and then-husband, activist David Harris, who went to jail for dodging the draft. It screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. Here's our review of the film.

356d/1249421423-carry_it_on.jpg Carry It On (US, 1970) Arrested by federal marshals for dodging the draft, peace activist David Harris was the rare radical who could speak eloquently about revolution and heroism. No wonder folk singer Joan Baez, his wife at the time, was drawn to him. This film documents the Baez’s concert tour in the wake of his arrest. Singing staples like “We Shall Overcome,” Baez was as articulate as her husband when it came to speaking about social change. The film collects numerous performances as well as behind-the-scenes footage of Baez at home and preparing to go on The Joey Bishop Show. What the film lacks is a clear narrative: It comes off as a haphazard collection of old home movies, albeit ones that feature several inspiring musical performances. ** 1/2

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