Downtown extends its congratulations to Trevor Rabin + Yes and Joan Baez on being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, class of 2017. The first: A South-African born rockstar turned orchestral composer who built an immensely successful career as a songwriter, guitarist, producer, and artist. The latter: The most accomplished interpretive folksinger of the 1960s, who influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career still going strong. We are delighted to represent the works of Trevor Rabin and songs from Joan Baez's catalog on behalf of Folklore and Budde Music. Joining the two will be Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, and Nile Rodgers at this year's ceremony, on April 7 in Brooklyn.
Rabin is known as the man who took prog-rock band Yes to a new era in its career followed by the launch of the classic 90125 album featuring #1 smash hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” After a decade of success with the group, Rabin went on to become one of the most productive composers in Hollywood. With well over 50 scores to his name, Rabin’s film credits include The Guardian, Con Air, Gone In 60 Seconds, Bad Boys II, Remember The Titans, and Get Smart. News of the induction came on the heels of Rabin's reunited tour with Yes-mates Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, redubbed as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW).
“I feel great. It's funny. It's been two nominations before and it didn't happen, so it was actually a surprise when it did. I thought there was no guarantees. It felt good waking up this morning to this.” - Trevor Rabin's induction reaction to Rolling Stone.
Baez is possessed of a once-in-a-lifetime soprano, which, since the late '50s, she has put in the service of folk and pop music as well as a variety of political causes. A 2007 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Baez’s career highlights include "Diamonds & Rust" and stylized renditions of "Joe Hill," "We Shall Overcome," The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and Phil Och's "There But For Fortune." Baez became an influence across other genres as well, memorably working with Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash, the Band and, of course, Bob Dylan. Last year, Amnesty International established an award in her name for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights.
"I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist. But as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the 60's, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon. I very much appreciate this honor and acknowledgement by the Hall of Fame." - Joan Baez on her induction, as cited by WROR.