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In Pete Seeger in His Own Words, we hear directly from Seeger through the widest array of sources—letters, notes to himself, ...
In Pete Seeger in His Own Words, we hear directly from Seeger through the widest array of sources—letters, notes to himself, published articles, rough drafts, stories, and poetry—creating the most intimate picture yet available of Seeger as a musician, an activist, and a family man—in his own words and from his own perspective. From letters to his mother written when he was a 13-year-old desiring his first banjo to speculations on the future, this book covers the passions, personalities, and experiences of a lifetime of struggle—the pre-WWII labor movement, the Communist Party, Woody Guthrie, the blacklist, the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King, the struggle against the war in Vietnam, Bob Dylan, travels around the world, cleaning up the Hudson River, Granny D, Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton, and countless uncelebrated activists with whom Seeger has worked and sung. The portrait that emerges is not a saint, not a martyr, but a flesh-and-blood man, struggling to understand his gift, his time, and his place.
Click Here to listen to Pete Seeger's interview on WNYC with Brian Lehrer!
"Hearing Pete Seeger," Alec Wilkinson's review for The New Yorker Culture Desk on Pete Seeger's latest event in Bryant Park.
An article by the New Haven Register.
Posted November 10, 2012
I have read 1000 page books in a week but it took a bit longer to get through this one. Rather a story with a plot line to follow this is a compilation of letters, writings and thoughts of a single man following him through his life. I have always respected the things he accomplished in his life through music and story telling. He of course feels that he deserves no such accolades is the feelings you get as you read through his life. Well I feel quite differently looking at a person who helped the labor union movement, civil rights movement, protest the war(s) movement(s), and clean up the Hudson River movement. I can think of no one person who has accomplished so much in a single lifetime. Through the writings you better understand who he really is and how he has thought and can better appreciate what he has done with his life. If more of us were able to reach out just a little as he has done what a great and better world this would become. Read this book and better understand a great person of the world he is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.