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Thread #108772 Message #2277867
Posted By: GUEST,Guest
02-Mar-08 - 08:51 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
When I said he could be difficult and stubborn, I was referring to people who found themselves on the opposite side of an issue to Pete, which was even mentioned by Arlo in the film. Perhaps instead of stubborn I could have said tenacious, but I don't think that is the right word. I think Pete can be a stubborn guy when it comes to what he thinks is right.
For instance, that whole Dylan going electric thing at Newport.
I remember one time hearing Arlo in an interview, when he was arguing with Pete about a folk song was (yeah--it doesn't just set people off here). As I recall, Arlo and Pete were at a festival in Denmark, I think. Arlo said it's a folk song if all the folks know the words and sing it together--or some such thing. And to prove he was right to Pete, he walked out on stage, and got a whole mess of Danes to sing along with him to "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You." You know--that Elvis song.
Now, who was being the most stubborn and righteous in their opinions in that one? Well, it was Arlo's story, after all....
Sheesh, people. The guy isn't a saint, so let us not get all sanctimonious about this. No one has said much of anything in this thread that doesn't make Pete Seeger COMPLETELY HUMAN!
And you know, that's OK.