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Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963 (1963)

Pete Seeger  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Pete Seeger
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O4C6LM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


Amazing to watch... compelling sense of the history of the time as well as the entertainment value of the performance. -- Monsters & Critics

Grade: A -- The A.V. Club / The Onion

This DVD filled me with so much joy. --

Product Description

Folk Icons: Pete Seeger is a beautifully filmed 105-minute concert showcasing one of the most provocative figures in music history. In 1963 Pete Seeger, blacklisted and barred from American television, fled the persecution of his homeland and embarked on a 10-month world tour. One of his first stops was Australia where he was welcomed with open arms and sold-out performances. This DVD not only presents a full concert filmed in Melbourne but also includes 55 minutes of bonus footage from various other Australian television appearances. Witness how one man, armed only with a banjo, a guitar and the power of song, captures the hearts and minds of a nation.

If I Had A Hammer
Down By The Riverside
The Bells Of Rhymney
Goodnight Irene
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Michael, Row The
Boat Ashore
Skip To My Lou
The Wild Rover
Woody Guthrie Medley
Highland Laddie
Kum Ba Ya
Way Out There
Living In The Country
Windy Old Weather

...and many more

Folk Icons™ is an ongoing DVD series featuring live performances by the greatest legends of folk music, filmed all over the world from the 1950s through today. Beautifully transferred from the original masters, each of these DVDs features rare performances that have never been officially released on home video, and in many cases, were never broadcast. Each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates.


  • Pete singing and discussing the songs of Lead Belly (also features 3 rare performances by Lead Belly filmed in 1945)
  • Interviews and performances on Australian news programs
  • 16-page booklet featuring liner notes by Seeger biographer David K. Dunaway
  • Rare photographs, home movies and memorabilia

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
OK, black & white, but that actually seems to add to the nostalgic aspect of this great look at folk music as presented by Pete Seeger in 1963. He went on a 22 country, 10-month world tour blessing the world with folk music and, himself, picking up some new folk music from other countries along the way. Seeger received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1993), and this DVD shows why. It's still hard to believe the folk singer was blacklisted in the USA.

Fortunately, Australia loved his music and overlooked his politics, giving him a warm welcome and preserved it on film. Then, after a long shelf rest, it was discovered, Acorn became involved in the restoration, and the rest of the story is in the 16 page booklet that comes with the DVD. Packed full of photos, history, and the DVD contents lists.

The product description lists many of the songs included in this DVD live performance, but special note should be given to a pair of special banjo renderings of the songs "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Allegretto from Beethoven's 7th Symphony." Wow. And Seeger even teaches the Aussie concert attenders to yodel to "Way Out There" a song done with banjo that was taken from "Sons of the Pioneers."

Another favorite of mine was "I Never Will Marry" plus one actually written by Bob Dylan but performed by Seeger, "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." Then you'll just have to sing along with "Michael, row The Boat Ashore" and "If I Had A Hammer" (Pete's song) and others.

The concert has a total of 29 musical numbers, ending with "I Know an Old lady Who Swallowed A Fly", fun for any age. There is at least 15 musical presentations as well as some interviews on the Extra Bonus Stuff.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963 is a black-and-white DVD capturing the 1963 Melbourne concert of folk musician Pete Seeger, who at the time was blacklisted and barred from American television. In Australia he was widely beloved and gave sold-out performances. Nearly an hour of bonus footage taken from Seeger's other Australian television appearances rounds out this must-have DVD for folk lovers. Additional bonuses include a 16-page booklet with liner notes by Seeger biographer David K. Dunaway, rare photographs, and interviews Seeger gave on Australian news programs. Seeger's iconic banjo, guitar, and mellifluous voice are a treasure to listen to, in this enthusiastically recommended DVD. 105 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good after all these years August 4, 2009
In spite of being a bit grainy black and white, the flavor and charm of Pete still comes through. thank goodness someone had the foresight to tape it - probably one of the first ever concert videos! Just pure fun to watch - sure takes you back a few years (ok, more than a few). Any Seeger or Weavers fans will be happy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger Live in Australia 1963 May 22, 2009
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This is a fantastic DVD. Pete Seeger has always suprised me with his
musical talent and this 1963 consert he has outdone himself. Bravo!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was about time!!! May 16, 2009
It is hard to believe that this is the first (and hopefully not the last) video recording of a live Pete Seeger concert at the height of the 60's folk revival that he was so much responsible for! If for no other reason, this DVD is a MUST for anybody who is even remotely interested in Pete Seeger's live performances. If you have listened to his live records of that period (et Pete Seeger at the Village Gate, Sing Out Hootenanny, We Shall Overcome, etc) you can now finally match images to the sound, as he performs the classical repertoir of the golden years of the folk music boom. To be fair, while Seeger is as good as he ever was, the Australian audience appears to be somewhat wooden, less warm and involved that one would have imagined (or seen in his later live performances in the US). Although Seeger had a large following in Australia at the time, it is possible that the songs were not as familiar to the audience as they were in the States (it is amusing to notice the absolute lack of reaction to Seeger's mention of a "young songwriter called Bob Dylan", who had just released "Blowing in the Wind" and "Hard Rain"). Certainly, when Pete sings songs that were also commercial hits (the Hammer Song, Michael Row the Boat Ashore) people in the audience sing, bob their heads, clap the rhythm just as we are used to seeing during Seeger's live performances.

The bonus material alone is worth the price of the DVD: several Australian TV news interviews, each with one or two songs, a long excerpt from a live performance at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a half-hour live performance themed on Leadbelly. A short documentary on an Australian traditional folk singer, produced by Pete and Toshi Seeger is also included.

Altogether, with almost three hours of music, this DVD is certainly excellent value for the money! Get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice is Served December 28, 2009
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Pete Seeger was banned from American Television in 1963. As any great American would, he didn't stand for it. He took his act on the road, to the world. And here the great people of Reelin' In the Years provide us with the proof of his noble efforts, capturing an entire concert given in Australia. If a good man is never honored in his own country, Pete Seeger was honored in every other corner of the globe. The video is first rate, the sound is too. (Much better than on that 'Hootenanny' DVD. You remember Hootenanny, the ABC show that wanted Pete to sign a Loyalty Oath). Get the DVD. You'll see a great artist, a great spirit, and a great American at work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pete Seeger made only one concert tour of Australia and when he performed at the Melbourne Town Hall in 1963, I was not only too young to attend but didn't know much about Mr. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Anthony McGill
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Please....
It's a Pete Seeger concert! God bless him and all that he did on this planet. May his work and his message of peace and love continue to be spread by CDs and DVDs and the stories... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marjorie Gauley
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love folk songs, you'll love this
I first gained an interest in Pete Seeger when I found him on YouTube, singing "Away Out There," but then You Tube deleted it from their files, so I had to buy this DVD to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by kevin garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars An historical perspective.
I can recall sitting in concerts like this in the 60's and early 70's when it took a long time for the audience to react, but react they did. Read more
Published on March 24, 2011 by Chris Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music and watch the crowd's reaction!
This is wonderful music and it is fascinating to watch the crowd reaction to Pete Seeger.
Published on July 20, 2010 by Peter Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger
This film, while not of good visual quality, should nonetheless be in the library of anyone interested in American folk music. Read more
Published on October 23, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars 1963, Pete, pimples and Melbourne Town hall
Watching this DVD, including all the beaut extras, brought a magic period back to life. My mate and I, both Year 11 students, were at this show and I was almost apoplectic with... Read more
Published on September 16, 2009 by Fozz
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger Alive Forever
Watching this video brought me back to the 1963 Newport Folk Festival which he co-founded. Pete has always been a master at getting the audience involved which enhances the... Read more
Published on August 19, 2009 by Stan Fettig
3.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger in fine form
I always found Seeger a bit of a pill. (Anyone who would get angry over Dylan going electric is inherently suspect in my book. Read more
Published on June 19, 2009 by Michael Giltz
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