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“A hauntingly evocative blend of biography, musicology, and pop culture history.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“This ambitious four-headed biographical narrative . . . vividly re-creates the folk era.”—Terrence Rafferty, GQ
IN THE WINTER OF 1949, when Joan and Mimi Baez were little girls, their aunt Tia moved in with them. She came through the chimney and brought music and ice cream in her carpetbag, or it seemed that way to them at the time.
Joan, who was eight, and Mimi, who was four, shared a bedroom on the second floor of the Baez family’s clapboard house in Menlo Park, California, near Stanford University, where their father, Dr. Albert Baez, thirty-seven, worked in a cold war program to teach physics to military engineers in training. Their older sister, Pauline,