Joan Baez refused club entry

PARIS • American folk icon Joan Baez sings about peace and love, but received no love from a doorman at a Paris club last week.

After giving a concert in the French capital last Thursday, she had gone to the club for some dancing - only to be told by the doorman she could not gain entry.

"Guess what? I was with a friend after my 8th Olympia concert in Paris. We wanted to go dancing at the posh Pachamama club in Bastille, but were refused entrance because of my shoes," the 77-year-old posted on Twitter.

Baez, who was at the vanguard of the anti-war movement in the 1960s, remains popular in France, where she has performed regularly over the years. Her residency this month at the storied Olympia music hall ended with sold-out concerts over the weekend.

The South American-themed club quickly issued an apology.

"The doorman was not expecting the arrival of this immense artist at around 12.30am, since it had not been announced," the Pachamama management said.

"We share the values of peace and love expressed by this musical icon, but at the same time, we're humans, with our share of the mistakes that characterise them."

The statement concluded by imploring Baez to visit during her next trip to Paris.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2018, with the headline 'Joan Baez refused club entry'. Print Edition | Subscribe