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on December 16, 2009
This is a wondrous book ... 320 pages of story, verse, reminiscences, music, photos and autobiographical tales from the long and fruitful life of Pete Seeger - all bound up in an American 11" x 8½" format song book.

This is the revised and expanded third edition of Pete's book, originally published in 1993 and then revised and expanded in 1997 .. And a long way down the track from the little blue `Pete Seeger Song Book`, the remnants of which, having survived my wanderings of the 1960s, are now held together which a bulldog clip so they don't disintegrate all over my bookshelf!

This is much more than a song book. Pete gives the background, the sources of inspiration, the politics of the days of many seminal songs ... the conscious (and, often unconscious) sources of tunes, rhythms and presentations that seem to many of us to have been around all our lives. As a consummate musician - growing up in a family of musicians and music educators - Pete's knowledge of his sources shames most of us who seek to find and draw upon the traditional music forms of our own regions. As a man driven by moral awareness, he is often forced to admit to "stealing" tunes ... either unconsciously (which is fine, within the "folk process")but also being aware of the appropriation - when the tune was just right for a noble purpose!

Whatever the sources (and they are all detailed in this magnificent volume!) Pete gives the music for every variant ... from how he wrote it - to the versions developed in groups he sang with - to the inspired changes often made by other groups whose popular releases are often the ones we all know ... and frequently adopted by Pete!
Anyone aiming to work through all the variants and developments detailed in the book will appreciate the included CD, which has musical examples from some 267 of the book's songs. It is certainly a long way from my 1960s struggles trying to turn a rudimentary grasp of guitar into a convincing rendition of the "dots" on the crumpled pages of my little blue book!

(I can't find any evidence of a local distributor for this wonderful musical memoir. It is published for Sing Out! By W.W. Norton and can be ordered direct from <[...]> ... for US$24.95 + p/p. I bought a copy through Amazon - total cost Aus $30.69 posted.

Bob Bolton
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on November 18, 2015
This is a major addition to The Seeger Library. He was more than an entertainer. He is an icon of the American folk fiber that will be referenced for generations. We are lucky that he kept detailed journals to be archived and available to the world. Thanks Pete! Sing to the heavens!
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on August 22, 2015
We love the ring binding, the graphics. Lyrics are bright and sharp and easy to read. In every way, even better than Rise Up Singing. The title is great; the next could be, "Rise, Rise Again!"
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on June 25, 2014
I graduated high school in '64 and college in '68. This brought back memories of a time when many things were a changin'!
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on September 28, 2011
The book has many nice features. It would be even better if the music was in different section from the commentary. It present the history around the music which is what you would expect.
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on March 24, 2014
This book is a wonderful combination of memoir and music. It illustrates the immense influence Pete Seeger had on the music world.
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on April 15, 2014
This is a really special. It is such fun to remember all of the contributions Pete made to the folk tradition.
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on July 7, 2014
Great book.
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on March 6, 2014
I've heard of this book from other folks , and it's wonderful and all that I expected. Thanks you very much.
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on April 6, 2015
I would give this five stars - this is a charmingly written, just as if Mr. Seeger is sitting next to you and chatting about his life and then singing song to illustrate his points. It's a wonderful book. However…

The missing 2 stars belong to the publisher, WW Norton. My book arrived with the first 40 pages missing, and 20 pages repeated in the course of the book. I have written to them, but I'm sure mine was not the only book that did not get a quality control check.
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