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Mimi Fariña

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Mimi Baez Fariña (born Margarita Mimi Baez, April 30, 1945 – July 18, 2001) was a singer, songwriter, and activist. She was the daughter of physicist Albert Baez and sister of folk singer Joan Baez.

Fariña married novelist, musician and composer Richard Fariña in 1963 at the age of 17, and the two collaborated as Richard & Mimi Fariña on a number of influential folk albums, most notably Celebrations for a Grey Day (1965) and Reflections in a Crystal Wind (1966). After Richard Fariña’s death (on Mimi’s 21st birthday) in a 1966 motorcycle accident, Mimi married Milan Melvin and continued to perform, sometimes recording and touring with either her sister Joan, or folksinger Tom Jans.

In 1974, Fariña founded Bread and Roses, a non-profit organization, designed to bring free music and entertainment to hospitals, 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.

She died of a rare form of cancer of the endocrine system in July 2001 at age 56.

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  • WIZZARDofSOUND

    Beautiful musician and a really beautiful woman :)

    9 Feb 7:56pm Reply
  • DeadKinks

    It's beautiful, thanks :)

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • lis-sukie

    I've just uploaded a tonne of photos of Mimi. Hope everyone likes the one I picked to be the main pic! :-)

    27 Mar 2009 Reply

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