Seeger P-Power of Song

Directed By: Jim Brown

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Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 208080164
UPC 796019814119
UPC 14 00796019814119
Format DVD
Release Date 8/5/2008
Rating Rating
Keywords
Documentary
Folk Music
Music
Music (General)
Musicians
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Directors
Jim Brown
Actors
Name Seeger,Pete
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Cast & Crew
Michael Cohl - Producer
William Eigen - Producer
Bonnie Raitt - Featured
Bob Dylan - Featured
Bobby Shepard - Director of Photography
Jim Brown - Director of Photography
Tom Hurwitz - Director of Photography
Joan Baez - Featured
Arlo Guthrie - Featured
Pete Seeger - Featured
The Smothers Brothers - Featured
Natalie Maines - Featured
Jim Brown - Producer
Bruce Springsteen - Featured
Jim Brown - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 81411
UPC 00796019814119
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Seeger,Pete
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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