Pete Seeger in His Own Words
  • Pete Seeger in His Own Words
  • Pete Seeger in His Own Words

Pete Seeger in His Own Words

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by Pete Seeger
     
 

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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.

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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, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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 Gathering the most extensive collection of Seeger's writings to date—ranging from unpublished letters, diaries, and notes to himself, to previously published album-liner notes, book introductions, and journal articles—sociologist Rob Rosenthal (provost,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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612052182
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
928,114
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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