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Joan Baez Inspired By Occupy Wall Street On Veteran's Day

Posted: 11/11/11 08:01 PM ET

The protest movement of the 1960s carried with it a stirring soundtrack; one that rang with counterculture, sang of injustice and called for equal rights. The echoes of the decade that fostered the genre of protest in the US returned to present day New York City's Foley Square, through a veteran activist and folk singer Joan Baez.

According to CTpost.com, while Baez is still putting the finishing touches on her set list for her upcoming tour stops in the tri-state area, the artist, inspired by the protests, was looking to visit the downtown plaza.

"I don't want to go in toting my guitar. This has a very different tone," she told CTpost.com in comparing OWS to past movements she has been involved with and performed for. "I am going to want to talk to the people."

The 70-year-old Baez has a notable career under her belt, one that spans more than 50 years. She's no stranger to protests, either, as she joined Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his march on Washington in 1963; the 1969 Woodstock festival; and the Vietnam War rallies and concerts.

"What's happening now is very different from when I was leading civil disobedience marches," she told the National Post. "I feel like I better sit for awhile and listen."

Baez is not the first 60's artist to sing with the mostly youthful OWS protesters, according to the New York Daily News. David Crosby and Graham Nash performed at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Joan Baez sings at Occupy Wall Street on Nov. 11, 2011.

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  • Singer Joan Baez waves to the crowd of protesters with Occupy Wall Street November 11, 2011 at Foley Square in New York. Credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

  • Singer Joan Baez sings to the crowd of protesters with Occupy Wall Street November 11, 2011 at Foley Square in New York. Credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

  • Singer Joan Baez sings to the crowd of protesters with Occupy Wall Street November 11, 2011 at Foley Square in New York. Credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

  • Singer Joan Baez sings to the crowd of protesters with Occupy Wall Street November 11, 2011 at Foley Square in New York. Credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

  • Singer Joan Baez sings to the crowd of protesters with Occupy Wall Street November 11, 2011 at Foley Square in New York. Credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

  • Singer Joan Baez sings to the crowd of protesters with Occupy Wall Street November 11, 2011 at Foley Square in New York. Credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

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