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Judy Collins

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Judy Collins

Judy Collins

(© Wildflower, 2000)

Description of Judy Collins' music:

Singer-songwriter, protest music

Comparisons:

Judy Collins' topical folk songs bring to mind her contemporaries, like Joan Baez and Janis Ian, as well as newer folks like Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky.

Judy Collins Trivia:

As a child, Judy Collins studied classical piano with Antonia Brico, before switching to folk guitar at the age of 16.

Recommended CDs by Judy Collins:

Wildflowers (Elektra, 1967) Compare prices

Live at the Wolf Trap (Wildflower, 2000) Compare prices

Essential Judy Collins (Wildflower, 2004) Compare prices

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Judy Collins Biography:

Judy Collins was born in May, 1939 in Seattle, Washington. She began as a classical pianist, with her first performance at the age of 13. Soon after that, however, she discovered the work of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and other folk singers, and fell in love with traditional and contemporary topical music.

When she was 22, she released her debut album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, which was released on Elektra Records. In the 40 years that followed, Judy became known as one of the premier American folk singers, bringing her work to the forefront of the Civil Rights movement and the struggle for peace during the Vietnam War.

She began her career singing both traditional songs and contemporary folk tunes written by songwriters like Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. She also brought great attention to songs by artists like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. It wasn't until 1967 that she began recording her own original compositions.

Throughout her career, Collins has been incredibly socially active. She is a representative for UNICEF and an advocate for the destruction of landmines and suicide prevention.

She has written a memoir and two novels, and has received two Grammy Awards and an Academy Award Nomination. She has made 39 records, and continues to tour internationally. In 2010 Collectors Choice Records announced they'd be reissuing nine digitally remastered albums from Collins' Elektra years.

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