The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger

The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger

by Alec Wilkinson
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The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger by Alec Wilkinson

A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger.
 
Throughout his life, Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation, and nuclear weapons. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, Alec Wilkinson delivers a first hand look at Seeger's unique blend of independence and commitment, charm, courage, energy, and belief in human equality and American democracy. We see Seeger as a  child, instilled with a love of music by his parents; as a teenager, hearing real folk music for the first time; as a young adult, singing with Woody Guthrie. And finally, Seeger the man marching with the Rev. Martin Luther King in Selma, standing up to McCarthyism, and fighting for his beloved Hudson River. The gigantic life captured in this slender volume is truly an American anthem.

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ISBN-13: 9780307390981
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980. Before that, he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that a rock-and-roll musician. He has published eight other books—two memoirs, two collections of essays, two biographical portraits, and two pieces of reporting. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was actually more then I expected,in the sense that Pete Seeger was quoted alot.The details of his life were interesting and informative.I had know some of his history,but this book gave me so much more. I am very glad I read it and that I own it
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