May 14, 2014 |
'How could a show about Woody Guthrie go wrong at a theater called 'the People's Light?' " Performer and show cocreator David M. Lutken posed that question in his slow drawl as part of the preshow warm-up for Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie . Now imagine that sentence again. Hear it as coming from a man smart enough to want to keep you guessing about his intelligence. Slow down the cadence of words to a near halt at the word "wrong. " Leave the listener (that's you)
February 2, 2014
Schooling generations in song As a college student in 1959, I had the honor of meeting and singing along with Pete Seeger at Oberlin College. We all joined him in a hootenanny after his concert performance, singing into the wee hours ("A giant of music and activism," Jan. 29). Through the years, when I taught vocal music to elementary school children in the Philadelphia public schools, I included many songs that Seeger wrote or cowrote. I explained the songs' historical context, and how songs can be used to speak out for peace and justice, or in protest.
January 31, 2014
A story Wednesday on a reporter's experiences with the folksinger Pete Seeger, who died Monday, misstated the town where Seeger lived, Beacon, N.Y. A story Thursday on Philadelphia city ethics policies wrongly reported on the Board of Ethics and the wording of the City Code. Ethics Board officials said in December that the code's wording made it impossible to ban cash gifts to city employees and officers, but changed their view this month after the city's lawyers informally advised them that the code allows such a ban, said Shane Creamer, the board's executive director.
January 30, 2014 |
Pete Seeger, 94, the folksinger and social-justice advocate who popularized "We Shall Overcome" as an anthem of the civil-rights movement, wrote "Turn! Turn! Turn!", and had a career spanning more than seven decades, has died. Kitama Cahill-Jackson, the singer's grandson, told the Associated Press that Mr. Seeger died in his sleep about 9:30 p.m. Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. President Obama praised the man Carl Sandburg once called "America's tuning fork": "Over the years, Pete used his voice - and his hammer - to strike blows for workers' rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation.
January 30, 2014 |
Like many Americans of my generation, I first met Pete Seeger through his music. I learned "This Old Man" in kindergarten. As a teenager, "If Had a Hammer" played on my transistor radio. And as the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement convulsed the nation, I marched in protest to the verses of "We Shall Overcome" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Then I got to know him in a more personal way. On Oct. 15, 1971, I set foot for the first time on Clearwater, the 106-foot traditional wooden sailboat he had helped to conceive and build, and which became a part of his lasting legacy.
July 13, 2013
Toshi Seeger, 91, folk singer Pete Seeger's wife of 70 years and a close partner in his social and environmental activism, has died. Longtime family friend Thom Wolke confirmed that she died Tuesday night at the couple's home in Beacon in New York's Hudson Valley, about 65 miles north of New York City. The cause of death was not immediately known. Friends say Mrs. Seeger was an equal who perfectly complemented the idealism of her husband, 94. "To understand Pete, you have to know Toshi," Wolke said.
March 19, 2012 |
A digital single and music video of the classic Bob Dylan song "Forever Young" is being released Monday by folksinger/activist Pete Seeger to mark the 50th anniversary of Dylan's eponymous first album. Seeger, who is 92, is a mentor of Dylan and his song is being pushed through a grassroots campaign www.ForeverPete.com . The effort is modeled on the successful 2010 fan-based endeavor to get then-88-year-old Betty White to host Saturday Night Live. Weekend box office Audiences headed back to school for the update of 21 Jump Street, which opened at No. 1 this weekend at $35 million.
October 25, 2011 |
Tao Rodriguez-Seeger was halfway through Friday night's march down Broadway to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, a guitar strapped over his shoulder and his grandfather Pete Seeger at his side. Suddenly a New York City police officer stepped from the crowd and grabbed his elbow. "Are you Tao Seeger?" the officer asked tersely. "Was this your idea? Did you think of this?" Rodriguez-Seeger was certain arrest was imminent. The officer reached for his hand and he readied for the cuffs.
October 24, 2011 |
OPRAH WINFREY meditated with more than 400 women in Fairfield, Iowa, last week. "You've got a corn!" "You've got a corn!" "You've got a corn!" Transcendental Meditator Suzanne Stryker blabbed that no one in the meditation group at the Maharishi School, in Fairfield, knew that Oprah was going to be there until she arrived with a film crew. It's all part of the plan to change OWN to "OM. " The private Maharishi School specializes in "consciousness-based education" for kindergarten through 12th grade.
August 19, 2011
JUST ONE nighttime concert, plus two days of song swaps and a banjo contest constituted the first Philadelphia Folk Festival, held Sept. 8-9, 1962, on the C. Colket Wilson estate in Paoli. On the bill: Tossi Aaron, the Greenbrier Boys, Reverend Gary Davis, Paul Cadwell, Bonnie Dobson, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Mike Seeger & Sonny Miller, Professor Clearence Johnson & Mabel Washington, and headliner Pete Seeger. Noted folklorist Ken Goldstein also led a workshop. Old-timey country musician Obray Ramsey canceled 'cause his crop was coming in. Bill Keith, returning to the festival this weekend, won the banjo contest.