Joan Baez

Being that Dylan is so much bigger than any one scene at this point – legend, archetype for musicians and writers alike, the most important voice of as many generations as have lived to see him – it's not unreasonable to say Joan Baez is the biggest thing left in 60's Greenwich Village folk, if only because she hasn't quite transcended it to the same degree yet.

But Baez has kept herself busy over the years too, with her long histories of art and politics winding their way through Vietnam and Martin Luther King to end up at the Iraq war, a 2003 album which covered Ryan Adams and Natalie Merchant, and Barack Obama – all of those crossing paths every step of the way, of course.