Folk legend Joan Baez is set to visit Plymouth Pavilions in 2012 as part of an extensive spring tour.The most accomplished interpretive folk singer of the 1960s, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career still going strong.Baez is possessed of a once-in-a-lifetime soprano, which, since the late Fifties, she has put in the service of folk and pop music as well as a variety of political causes. She has performed publicly for over 53 years, and released over 30 albums.She started her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status, and stayed on the charts for two years.Baez has had a popular hit song with Diamonds & Rust and hit covers of Phil Ochs‘s There but for Fortune and The Band‘s The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.Other songs associated with Baez include Farewell, Angelina, Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word, Joe Hill, Sweet Sir Galahad and We Shall Overcome.She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.Joan Baez hits Plymouth Pavilions on March 23, 2012. Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 7, 2011 from the Pavilions website.