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Thread #108772 Message #2276143
Posted By: GUEST,Voice of Truth
29-Feb-08 - 06:45 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
I too wish they had included more about his background, and different facets of his personality. I would have particularly liked to learn more about Libba Cotton, his family's maid and how she came to be a performer and writer of some note. Still, there were anecdotes about his background that were new information to me and perhaps other viewers, and I found it overall an enjoyable movie. I was struck (not trying to start an argument here, though I suppose that may be impossible) that the Weaver's music seemed somewhat insubstantial compared to the energy of Pete's music on his own. And I was quite impressed that he left the Weavers because of not wanting to promote cigarettes; quite a forward thinking man for that time in many issues.
Pete is a complicated man, at times seeming rather odd in ways I cannot fully explain,but a great and exhuberant force in music. I found here, as I do in many biographies (whether it's Malcolm X or Einstein)that it's hard to really get to a place where one can understand what makes the man tick. Perhaps it's meant to be a mystery; unique figures like Pete rise above their pedestrian beginnings.
I don't always agree with his politics, but have high regard for his music and especially his work on the Hudson River. He actually cleaned the darn slimy thing up so fish will run and children can sing. What a legacy.
He also can lead a group in song like no other person on the planet. A man not afraid to speak his mind and a unifying force in music. A rare one.