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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)

Interviews, archival footage and home movies are used to illustrate a social history of folk artist and activist Pete Seeger.

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Interviews, archival footage and home movies are used to illustrate a social history of folk artist and activist Pete Seeger.

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Rated PG for some mild thematic material | See all certifications »
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$11,945 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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$175,099 (USA) (22 November 2007)
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Patriot, Gentleman,and an American Original: Pete Seeger
16 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since childhood, I've been a fan of folk music. Before the Beatles, I was not a rock-n-roller. I was a folkie. So the documentary, "Pete Seeger: The Power of Music," was a must-see film.

This film was every bit as good as I thought it would be. It covers both Seeger's music and the politics that both inspired and was inspired by it.

Being a lefty, I am sympathetic to Seeger's humanistic politics. But the music, oh the music, is so wonderful. The film reminds us why Pete was as important to twentieth-century music as the Tin Pan Alley composers and musicians (the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, et al), the R&B/rockers (Little Richard, Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, et al), and all the folkies he inspired (Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul, and Mary; the Kingston Trio, et al).

If this film comes to your town, go and see it. Something magical is likely to happen when you do. You will suddenly hear people in the audience do something unheard of in a movie theater. You will hear them singing along. And rather than being annoying, the gentle harmonies will embrace you like your favorite warm jammies on a cold winter night.

Enjoy! (9.5 out of 10)


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