Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Overview

The reflective documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song explores the legacy of revered American folk singer and activist Seeger - written and directed by filmmaker Jim Brown when Seeger was in his late '80s. In lieu of recounting the narrative of Seeger's life note-for-note, however, Brown uses that individual biography as a contextual lens, through which he recounts decades of American social history. To tell his story, the filmmaker interpolates original, exclusive interviews with such Seeger contemporaries ...
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Overview

The reflective documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song explores the legacy of revered American folk singer and activist Seeger - written and directed by filmmaker Jim Brown when Seeger was in his late '80s. In lieu of recounting the narrative of Seeger's life note-for-note, however, Brown uses that individual biography as a contextual lens, through which he recounts decades of American social history. To tell his story, the filmmaker interpolates original, exclusive interviews with such Seeger contemporaries as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, archival footage of Seeger in concert, and extracts from Seeger's private home movies. In the process, Brown unveils the extent to which Seeger continually prompted societal change through his consciousness-raising music and offstage social efforts.
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Special Features

3 additional scenes: School of the Americas, Strawberry Festival, Ice Skating; 5 short films from the Seeger family: How to Play the Five String Banjo, Singing Fisherman of Ghana, Wrapping Paper, How to Make a Steel Drum, Finger Song
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • UPC: 796019814119
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miriam Collection
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,304

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pete Seeger Participant
Bob Dylan Participant
Bruce Springsteen Participant
Natalie Maines Participant
Tom Paxton Participant
David Dunaway Participant
Bess Lomax Hawes Participant
Joan Baez Participant
Ronnie Gilbert Participant
Jerry Silverman Participant
Henry Foner Participant
Eric Weissberg Participant
Arlo Guthrie Participant
Peter Yarrow Participant
Mary Travers Participant
Julian Bond Participant
Tom Smothers Participant
Bonnie Raitt Participant
Johnny Cash Participant
Technical Credits
Jim Brown Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Lara Bergthold Associate Producer
Michael Cohl Producer
William Eigen Producer
Tom Hurwitz Cinematographer
Kitama Jackson Associate Producer
Norman Lear Executive Producer
Jason L. Pollard Editor
Sam Pollard Editor
Toshi Seeger Executive Producer
Bobby Shepard Cinematographer
Allan Zaleski Sound Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
1. Intro [3:03]
2. Opening Credits [1:36]
3. Pete's Early Years [4:15]
4. Pete Discovers the Banjo [3:16]
5. The Middle Class Discovers Folk [2:38]
6. The Almanac Singers [2:24]
7. Pete and Toshi [3:06]
8. People's Songs/Wallace Campaign [3:44]
9. Living in the Country [5:02]
10. Peekskill Riots [3:40]
11. The Weavers [4:35]
12. House Un-American Activities Committee [4:03]
13. How to Play the 5-String Banjo/Blacklist [5:50]
14. World Trip [1:57]
15. Folk Revival [4:10]
16. Hootenanny/Rainbow Quest [2:42]
17. We Shall Overcome - Civil Rights Movement [4:23]
18. Vietnam Era [9:31]
19. Clearwater [5:43]
20. Getting the People to Sing [2:17]
21. Kennedy Center Honors [2:06]
22. Carnegie Hall [4:27]
23. Participation is Going to Save the Human Race [4:55]
24. Closing Credits [3:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
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   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Additional Scenes
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         School of the Americas
         Strawberry Festival
         Ice Skating
      Seeger Family Short Films
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         How to Play the 5 String Banjo
         Singing Fisherman of Ghana
         Wrapping Paper
         How to Make a Steel Drum
         Finger Song
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      Clearwater.org
   Set Up
      Subtitles: English For the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
      Audio Set Up: Dolby Stereo
      Audio Set Up: Dolby 5.1 Surround
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