Photo memories for legend Baez

Joan Baez and son meet Charles Everest again 41 years on
Joan Baez and son meet Charles Everest again 41 years on
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VETERAN folk legend Joan Baez was taken on a 40-year journey back in time on her latest visit to Sheffield - thanks to a visit from city photographer Charles Everest.

Charles, now aged 83, went backstage to present Joan and her son Gabe with snaps of their younger selves at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

Charles captured intimate shots of mother and son relaxing at the event when Gabe, now a drummer in Joan’s band, was just a few months old.

The reunion came after a two hour show which was followed by four standing ovations.

“Together we reminisced and recalled those heady days of the 1960s and ’70s,” said Charles, who now lives in Wincobank.

“At the time my home was on the island so I agreed to help organise the press aspects of the festival. It was quite a hectic event - 600,000 people came from all over the world, all there in that small area.”

The photos of Joan are part of a precious archive of over 100 colour prints from the event, featuring legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors and Joni Mitchell.

The collection - entitled the CameronLife Festival Experience - was first featured at an exhibition at Sheffield’s Clock Tower gallery two years ago, and was later taken to the Isle of Wight itself.

Charles had a 60-year career as a press photographer and TV news man dating all the way back to 1948.

He said he was now planning to meet up with more festival veterans.

“Many of the acts I photographed all those years ago are still touring - quite a few will be appearing in Sheffield and the surrounding area this year alone,” he said.

“Once enough artists have become involved we hope to set up and tour another new exhibition.”