Mimi

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The gorgeous Mimi Fariña, sister of Joan Baez, wife of Richard Fariña and unsung shining light in the annals of US folk history. She recorded a couple of solid albums on Vanguard with her husband, but tragically he was killed on her 21st birthday in a motorbike accident. She was taken from the world at the relatively young age of 56 due to neuroendocrine cancer. Apart from some great music, she left another strong legacy when in 1974, Fariña founded Bread and Roses, a non-profit co-operative organization, designed to bring free music and entertainment to institutions: jails, hospitals, juvenile facilities, nursing homes, and prisons, initially in the San Francisco Bay area, and later nationally. It still remains in operation, producing 500 shows per year. The organization’s name came from a 1911 poem by James Oppenheim, Bread and Roses, which is commonly associated with a 1912 garment workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

 

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