By Neil Strauss
Feb. 27, 2003
The first time Barbara Dane recalls performing was at a demonstration outside a segregated restaurant in Detroit, her hometown, in the 1940's. In the 50's she sang for civil rights and workers' rights. In the 60's she sang in North and South Vietnam during the war, was one of the first American musicians to tour post-revolutionary Cuba and performed at clandestine meetings of soldiers resisting the war.
Wherever history was unfolding, Ms. Dane seemed to be there. Along the way, she accumulated fans like Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Jane Fonda (naturally) and Lightnin' Hopkins, with whom she recorded. Continued...