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The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger

book cover imageIt may be hard to believe, but folk singer Pete Seeger turned 90 earlier this year (May 3rd, to be precise). His eventful life has been much-chronicled in interviews, but biographer Alec Wilkinson presents a well-rounded portrait that traces Seeger's career and his influence as a singer in The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger. He also pays particular attention to Seeger's involvement in social activism and environmentalism.

Though his thousands of recordings go more or less unanalyzed here, Seeger's life is vividly described thanks to interviews conducted by Wilkinson at Seeger's wooded property in upstate New York--to the point where "one can almost hear Seeger's axe splitting the logs" (Publishers Weekly).

Also see cds and music scores of his music at the library.