Thursday, April 16, 2009

If I Had A Hammer

For the next three Sundays, All the Traditions will be dedicating the middle hour of the show to Pete Seeger. As a folk legend, political activist and inspiration to audiences worldwide, Seeger's music and personal influence has touched millions of people for more than seven decades.

I was lucky enough to attend Pete's very first Clearwater folk music festival (at that point called "The Great Hudson River Revival") in Croton, NY during the summer of 1978, and am overjoyed to see that both Pete Seeger and his beloved Hudson River are still running clear and strong!

On May 3rd Pete celebrates his 90th birthday. Over the next three weeks VPR pays tribute with a special 3-part audio documentary ("How Can I Keep From Singing?") that contains interviews with many of Seeger's friends and musical inspirations, recollections from the man himself, and lots of fine music.

Join us for part one this Sunday at 2pm as we look at how Pete Seeger got his start as a folk singer.

Robert Resnik
Host, All The Traditions

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