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The Protest Singer An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger (Paperback)

Author:  Alec Wilkinson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307390985
ISBN-13: 9780307390981
Sku: 212752835
Publish Date: 6/8/2010
Pages:  151
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A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger, and his life and his accomplishments.
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, the child, instilled with a love of music by his parents; Seeger, the teenager, hearing real folk music for the first time; Seeger, the 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.
Released in conjunction with Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, THE PROTEST SINGER celebrates the American folk singer and activist's life and work. For Seeger, music and politics are intrinsically connected, and throughout his career he wrote and popularized some of the most important protest songs of the 20th century: He co-composed songs like "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," as well as interpreting spirituals such as "We Shall Overcome" and songs by artists like Leadbelly. In 1955 the House Un-American Activities Committee questioned Seeger, a member of the Communist Party and a frequent performer at rallies, and the singer was held in contempt for refusing to answer the questions. In more recent years, Seeger has worked for environmental causes, and he sang at the inauguration of President Obama in 2009. As Alec Wilkinson describes in this short but clear account, Seeger's life has been long and rich, and his work has been highly influential.

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