Folk Singer Joan Baez Injured After Fall From Treehouse
69 year-old folk singer Joan Baez was injured after she fell freom her backyard treehouse this week. The far left singer said she likes to “sleep with the birds.”
Folk singer and activist Joan Baez speaks to media from her position in a tree she climbed to raise awareness about saving an inner-city community garden May 24, 2006, in Los Angeles. (Common Dreams)
1960s songbird Joan Baez had a treehouse built — without walls — 20 feet high in an oak tree behind her Woodside home because she wanted to sleep with birds.
The folksinging legend, who once performed the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” before a half-million people at Woodstock, fell from that treehouse Wednesday as she climbed down from the platform.
Paramedics drove the singer to Stanford Hospital, where she was treated and released after it was determined she had suffered only minor injuries.
Baez, 69, was “resting comfortably” Thursday, according to Nancy Lutzow, who runs Baez’s Menlo Park production company.
“I sleep in a tree all summer long,” Baez told an English blogger in 2008. “I climb up on a ladder, with ropes and things. The birds are right there in the morning. Sometimes they’re flying so close to my head I can feel the wind.”
“Those things are heaven to me.”