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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.

3 Comments

  1. Larry
    October 24, 2023 @ 3:53 pm

    Wonderful retrospective of Joan Baez.

    My mother (1944-2021) was a huge fan of her (and the NY Folk Singer phenomena in general). Which was a bit unpopular given she was living on military bases for a good chunk of the late 60’s. She was a bit more open about it when my dad eventually went into civilian employment. Baez was a familiar voice in my household.

    She would have loved the living crap out of this essay. This was a tough read in a very good way.

    It wasn’t until I saw her appearance on the Muppet Show as a kid that put the voice to a person. The finale of “May the Circle be Unbroken” is one of the all time best for the show.

    I always considered her version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down to be a celebration of the end of “Dixie”. Being from US Northeast, and her activist reputation the lamenting narrative of the original didn’t register.

    Just want to thank you for this.

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  2. Peter
    December 22, 2023 @ 5:45 pm

    T h a t is one of the most incredible pieces I have read about Baez. As a long time, and well read, Baez follower I can say that I have not read anything as good as this essay, not when it comes to her recordings. Impressed, delighted. Thank you very very much.

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  3. Lee
    January 22, 2024 @ 3:45 pm

    I agree, best songwriter and artist of the 70s. But I also think Morrissey was the best of 80s. It’s like this piece was aimed at me!

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