Pete Seeger in His Own Words

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Long an icon of American musical and political life, Pete Seeger has written eloquently in books and for magazines, activist movements, and union newsletters. Although he has never written an autobiography, his life story is nowhere more personally chronicled than in the private writings, documents, and letters stored for decades in his family barn.

In Pete Seeger in His Own Words, we hear directly from Seeger through the widest array of sources—letters, notes to himself, ...

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Overview

Long an icon of American musical and political life, Pete Seeger has written eloquently in books and for magazines, activist movements, and union newsletters. Although he has never written an autobiography, his life story is nowhere more personally chronicled than in the private writings, documents, and letters stored for decades in his family barn.

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.

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The author or coauthor of iconic songs such as "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "If I Had a Hammer," Seeger has been at the forefront of numerous political, environmental, and social justice movements. Gathering the most extensive collection of Seeger's writings to date—ranging from unpublished letters, diaries, and notes to himself, to previously published album-liner notes, book introductions, and journal articles—sociologist Rob Rosenthal (provost, Wesleyan Univ.; coauthor, Playing for Change: Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements) and his son, songwriter Sam Rosenthal, introduce a man deeply committed to the power of music, community, and ideas. Chapters cover Seeger's early life and work, his political and social involvement, his travels abroad as a kind of folk-music ambassador, and his musings on making music. VERDICT This remarkable collection displays Seeger in all his cantankerous, playful, idealistic, and loving glory. He's one of America's national treasures, and this treasure trove of his writing reveals why.—Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., Evanston, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612052182
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 259,734
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Seeger, (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) the internationally acclaimed songwriter, musician, and activist, was married to his wife, Toshi (July 1, 1922 – July 9, 2013), for nearly 70 years. They are survived by their daughter, Tinya. In 2009 the PBS film The Power of Song celebrated his activism through music. There is a movement underway to nominate Mr. Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Rob Rosenthal, Provost and Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University, is the coauthor recently of Playing for Change: Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements and an editor of Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words.

Sam Rosenthal is a musician and writer who lives in New York City.

David Amram has composed more than one hundred orchestral and chamber works; written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate; composed two operas, including the ground-breaking Holocaust opera The Final Ingredient; and composed the score for the landmark 1959 documentary Pull My Daisy, narrated by Jack Kerouac. He is the author of the books Vibrations, an autobiography, Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac, and Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat."

A pioneer of jazz French horn and World Music, he is also a virtuoso on piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from twenty-five countries. He is also an inventive, funny improvisational lyricist. He has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as the New York Philharmonic’s first composer-in-residence in 1966, Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Odetta, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Depp, Tito Puente, and many others. Amram’s most popular recent works are Giants of the Night, a flute concerto commissioned and premiered by Sir James Galway and dedicated to the memory of Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac, and Dizzy Gillespie, and Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie.

Today, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, band leader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages. He is currently collaborating with author Frank McCourt on Missa Manhattan, for narrator, chorus, and orchestra, and composing a new piano concerto. All of his concert music is published by C. F. Peters Corporation.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    If you love the music of Pete Seeger this is a must read.

    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.

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