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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (June 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612052185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612052182
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pete Seeger is one of America's rare elders. Always hopeful, sometimes in the midst of despair, always ardent, and often wise, and having endured sacrifice, he appears in these pages of his writing and correspondence as an exemplar of courage, dignity, humility, and thoughtfulness. --Alex Wilkinson, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger

The Rosenthals deftly selected and arranged the material to tell Seeger's life story so that it reads like a full-fledged autobiography. The words are Seeger's, and the bountiful wisdom is Seeger's, but the handiwork is the Rosenthals'. --Matthew Rothschild, in The Progressive

Gathering the most extensive collection of Seeger's writings to date ranging from unpublished letters, diaries, and notes to himself, to previously published album-liner notes, book introductions, and journal articles sociologist Rob Rosenthal and his son, Sam Rosenthal, introduce a man deeply committed to the power of music, community, and ideas... This remarkable collection displays Seeger in all his cantankerous, playful, idealistic, and loving glory. He's one of America's national treasures, and this treasure trove of his writing reveals why. --Library Journal

The Rosenthals deftly selected and arranged the material to tell Seeger's life story so that it reads like a full-fledged autobiography. The words are Seeger's, and the bountiful wisdom is Seeger's, but the handiwork is the Rosenthals'. --Matthew Rothschild, in The Progressive

Gathering the most extensive collection of Seeger's writings to date ranging from unpublished letters, diaries, and notes to himself, to previously published album-liner notes, book introductions, and journal articles sociologist Rob Rosenthal and his son, Sam Rosenthal, introduce a man deeply committed to the power of music, community, and ideas... This remarkable collection displays Seeger in all his cantankerous, playful, idealistic, and loving glory. He's one of America's national treasures, and this treasure trove of his writing reveals why. --Library Journal

About the Author

Pete Seeger, (May 3, 1919 - January 27, 2014) the internationally acclaimed songwriter, musician, and activist, was married to his wife, Toshi (July 1, 1922 - July 9, 2013), for nearly 70 years. They are survived by their daughters, Tinya and Mika, and their son, Daniel. In 2009 the PBS film The Power of Song celebrated his activism through music.

Rob Rosenthal, Provost and Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University, is the coauthor recently of Playing for Change: Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements and an editor of Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words.

Sam Rosenthal is a musician and writer who lives in New York City.

David Amram has composed more than one hundred orchestral and chamber works; written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate; composed two operas, including the ground-breaking Holocaust opera The Final Ingredient; and composed the score for the landmark 1959 documentary Pull My Daisy, narrated by Jack Kerouac. He is the author of the books Vibrations, an autobiography, and Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac, to be reissued by Paradigm Publishers in 2008.

A pioneer of jazz French horn and World Music, he is also a virtuoso on piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from twenty-five countries. He is also an inventive, funny improvisational lyricist. He has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as the New York Philharmonic’s first composer-in-residence in 1966, Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Odetta, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Depp, Tito Puente, and many others. Amram’s most popular recent works are Giants of the Night, a flute concerto commissioned and premiered by Sir James Galway and dedicated to the memory of Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac, and Dizzy Gillespie, and Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie.

Today, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, band leader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages. He is currently collaborating with author Frank McCourt on Missa Manhattan, for narrator, chorus, and orchestra, and composing a new piano concerto. All of his concert music is published by C. F. Peters Corporation.

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I love all that Pete Seeger writes--he is a hero!
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I highly recommend this book for any and all Seeger fans, and anyone else interested in folk music, politics in the 20th century, and so much else.
Ronald Cohen
To have encountered him is one of my life's great rewards.
Elias Cohen

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Cohen on July 23, 2012
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I highly recommend this book for any and all Seeger fans, and anyone else interested in folk music, politics in the 20th century, and so much else. The editors have gathered a wide range of Pete's writings, many previously unpublished, and have included numerous explanatory notes. The photos are also most helpful. Pete has written and published so much during his long lifetime, and this is one more addition to the list.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steve Siegelbaum on September 5, 2012
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It's best to just come out and say it; this is at once a profoundly important and endlessly fascinating document. The Rosenthals have done us all a great service in putting together in one volume the thoughts and utterances of a true genius covering 80 years (13-year old Pete's request to his mother to allow him to buy a banjo with his allowance money is priceless.) Here are Pete's comments and musings on philosophy, history, literature, politics, and of course music. There are letters to family members, to Woody Guthrie, Bill Clinton, Bob Dylan, and scores of others.

Whether it be ideas about public performance, voting, civil rights, the role of the family or any of dozens of other topics, literally every page bubbles with riveting revelations or insights. Throughout, one gets a real sense of a man who is arguably among the greatest musicians - not to mention human beings - this country has ever produced.

I cannot recommend this book strongly enough... and that includes to "non-folkies" as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kramer on December 5, 2012
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What a treasure. Pete Seeger has been and continues to be an authentic man fighting to keep the music of the world alive and well and to leave the world a better place. The best way to review it is to quote some of his writings in the book.

1965 "And remember the aim of civilized man: to bring order and harmony - to simplify life. Any fool can get complicated. We are born in simplicity but die of complications. You may decide that you prefer to sing some of these songs with no accompaniment at all (as I do). In any case, the decision is up to you, and you are the next link in the chain."

1968 "Down with all hardliners. They say politics make for strange bedfellows. What the hell's wrong with strange bedfellows? Mother Earth is one big bed. We better all learn to share it."

2006 "They did an especially good job on the famous 200-year-old hymn, "Amazing Grace", which I learned from Lee Hays 60 years ago. And when I sing it I usually remind audiences that the words were written by a man who had for ten years been captain of a slave ship, but in his thirties he quit and became a preacher in his home in the south of England, and he started the antislavery movement in England. 'He turned his life around, and gave us hope that we can turn our country around.'"

2008 "Maybe there's room to retell my parable of the Teaspoon Brigade. Imagine a big seesaw. One end is on the ground, held down by a bushel basket half full of rocks. The other end of the seesaw is up in the air with a bushel basket on it one-quarter full of sand. Some of us have teaspoons and are trying to fill it. Most people are scoffing. 'It's leaking out as fast as you put it in.'
But we say, 'No'. We're watching closely, and it's a little more full than it was.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jansson Lars Erik on September 3, 2012
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Most interesting to read his own words, get an idea of his inner thinking. What a marvellous man he is. Still fighting for equal rights, peace and a clean environment.
Read this book, every word gets to my heart.
Lasse Jansson
Sweden
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TOD on December 2, 2012
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It is great to read and see how Pete has changed but remains true to his principles. The editors have done an excellent job at selecting his writings for this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 22, 2012
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For me, this book is a rare look at a musician and his times. Where a biography or memoir can sculpt a story, Rob and Sam Rosenthal comb through more than 60 years of correspondence to create a mosaic portrait of Pete. You gotta admire a man who throughout the peaks and valleys of life remains true to his craft: sharing music of the people, by the people and for the people.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. K. Vanden Heuvel on October 17, 2012
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This is a wonderful collection of Pete Seeger's words.. It's so great to have it all in one volume. It is a very valuable tribute to a man who has been an activist as well as a musician all his life. I may purchase copies for other Pete Seeger admirers in my family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wernick on September 19, 2012
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Pete's view is honest and forthright, almost to a fault it seems. He was both instigator and witness to some pretty notable parts of 20th century history. How could this book not be fascinating? If you have any interest in Pete Seeger whatsoever (and I hope you do), you'll find this book fascinating.
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