Rhiannon Giddens, photographed August 2017, resurrected the 1960s-vintage folk song “Birmingham Sunday” on her most recent album, “Freedom Road.” Joan Baez popularized it in 1964 with a starkly unadorned version that became definitive enough for director Spike Lee to use it as theme song to his 1997 documentary “4 Little Girls.”
Rhiannon Giddens, photographed August 2017, resurrected the 1960s-vintage folk song “Birmingham Sunday” on her most recent album, “Freedom Road.” Joan Baez popularized it in 1964 with a starkly unadorned version that became definitive enough for director Spike Lee to use it as theme song to his 1997 documentary “4 Little Girls.” Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com
Rhiannon Giddens, photographed August 2017, resurrected the 1960s-vintage folk song “Birmingham Sunday” on her most recent album, “Freedom Road.” Joan Baez popularized it in 1964 with a starkly unadorned version that became definitive enough for director Spike Lee to use it as theme song to his 1997 documentary “4 Little Girls.” Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

Songs about the Birmingham church bombing, and Doug Jones, still stir memories

December 19, 2017 05:30 PM