Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

In His Own Words

Book - 2012
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Long an icon of American musical and political life, Pete Seeger has written eloquently in a diverse array of publications but nowhere is his life story more personally chronicled than in these, his private writings, documents and letters stored for decades in his family barn. Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words, collects Seeger's letters, notes, 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. The book covers the passions, personalities and experiences of a lifetime of struggle - from the pre-WWII labour movement and the Communist Party, to Woody Guthrie, the Civil Rights movement and the struggle against the war in Vietnam. The portrait that emerges is not of a saint, but a flesh-and-blood man, struggling to understand his time and his place.
Publisher: Boulder, CO : Paradigm Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9781612052182
Branch Call Number: Biography B See
Additional Contributors: Rosenthal, Rob 1951-
Rosenthal, Sam
Alternative Title: In his own words


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LaughingOne Jan 13, 2013

I’m a folk music fan from back in the 1950s and on. I read “Sing Out’ magazine and attended and participated in hootenannies and other gatherings of folk singers. I was an activist in some of the same causes for which Pete Seeger sang, played banjo and wrote. When I saw this book in the New Titles section of my library website, I happily put it on reserve. This is a collection of articles Pete wrote about his life, sometimes at the time the events were taking place, sometimes in retrospection. Letters he received and carbon copies of letters he wrote over the years are also included in this book. It is a wonderful journey through Pete Seeger’s life and the times he lived in. I appreciate getting behind-the-scenes insight into many of the activities going on. And I respect Pete Seeger’s willingness to put it out there, to share with us the readers. Thank you for this amazing memoir.


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