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Director: Jim Brown     Starring: Seeger,Pete
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Format: DVD
Sku: 208080164
UPC: 796019814119
UPC 14: 00796019814119
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Pete Seeger is a revered singer and performer, an ambassador of the world's folk music traditions, and a patriot, but whenever Jim Brown's very moving documentary verges too close to hagiography, interviews with the gently self-effacing subject himself steer the focus back onto the issues and the music. Using a rich array of archival film footage, photography, and intimate one-on-one conversations, Brown tells the story of the singer's life, from his roustabout childhood as the son of itinerant musicians, through his radical days on the Harvard University campus (where, during WWII he received his political awakening), his military service, and marriage to lifetime love Toshi Seeger.

The documentary spends a lot of time covering his early career with the Weavers singing group, who were blacklisted from television and live appearances and lost their record contract for holding leftist political views at the height of the McCarthy era. Clips of Seeger testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee, humbly standing by his First Amendment rights in response to their questions about his politics, and pointing out the Un-American nature of such an invasion of privacy, is required viewing for any conscious citizen. The film also documents his outspoken anti-war activities during the '60s, and, in more recent years, his grass roots efforts to clean up the Hudson River. Brown's documentary succeeds wildly not only as a thorough biographical account, but as a rousing testament to the power of music to communicate ideas and unite people around worthwhile causes.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/5/2008
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 81411
Video UPC UPC: 00796019814119
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Michael Cohl - Producer
Video Cast Info William Eigen - Producer
Video Cast Info Bonnie Raitt - Featured
Video Cast Info Bob Dylan - Featured
Video Cast Info Bobby Shepard - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jim Brown - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Tom Hurwitz - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Joan Baez - Featured
Video Cast Info Arlo Guthrie - Featured
Video Cast Info Pete Seeger - Featured
Video Cast Info The Smothers Brothers - Featured
Video Cast Info Natalie Maines - Featured
Video Cast Info Jim Brown - Producer
Video Cast Info Bruce Springsteen - Featured
Video Cast Info Jim Brown - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk." -- Grade: A 11/16/2007 p.50

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Seeger,Pete
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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