pain is the staff of life

Pete Seeger on PBS American Masters.

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on February 28, 2008

Wasn’t it great to finally see Pete Seeger on MSM. Some would argue that PBS (& its sister NPR) is not mainstream. It certainly was towing the party line there for a while. I think the times, they-are-changin’, at long last or at least the times have caught up with Pete who has never deviated from his role as the pied piper of peace, b&w together… There’s little with which to reproach him aside from a youthful short-term dalliance with the Communist Party but considering the alternatives and the era it was a more attractive option than say the Fascist Party. Why was there nothing on Libba Cotten as a musical influence? (like Whoopi’s absence from Oscar hosts montage.) The 1967 performance of his anti-war anthem Waist High in the Big Muddy (and the big fool says to push on!) was absolutely remarkable and on the money. His closing song about combining his ‘few molecules’ with ‘his old brown earth” and ‘his blue sky’ brought tears to my eyes. There was a movement afoot a few years back to nominate Pete Seeger (let’s not forget Toshi who stood by her man) for a Nobel Peace Prize. Let’s do it.


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  1. St. Urbain said, on March 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    I waited to post. Watching him sing Big Muddy took me back to a time when people such as Tom Smothers
    took chances. I figure this is the first time The Banjo Bard of Beacon has been on National TV in 40 years. Trite though it sounds that global local thing is about the onliest way I know of getting anything done. He gets my nod the the Nobel of Rhymney. Time to stop living in fear. We all have fears but when the dominate us they take over. For what it’s worth.Campbie

  2. ruthanzo said, on March 16, 2008 at 10:41 am

    there’s been a bit of a backlash about pete’s political/musical mission. some longtime fans believe he was in fact a spy for the commies and others have found him to be a cold self-righteous dude. i doubt there would have been a folk revival without him. he was the conduit between guthrie and houston that spawned a variety of singers and styles thou i admit i’ve always been suspicious of adults who sing for kids.

  3. Robin said, on September 22, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Tommy got his Emmy tonight for “taking chances”.

    Forty years – well worth the wait, but what took so long?

    Nixon has been dust for years, but his reincarnations and their bastard children have been blocking the flow of Freedom of Hearing, and Freedom of Speech. (especially the kind worth listening to…)

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