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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)

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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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Jim Brown
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Credited cast:
Joan Baez ... Self
Johnny Cash ... Self (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Self (as President)
Bob Dylan ... Self
Ronnie Gilbert Ronnie Gilbert ... Self
Arlo Guthrie ... Self
Lee Hays Lee Hays ... Self (archive footage)
Fred Hellerman Fred Hellerman ... Self (archive footage)
Martin Luther King ... Self (archive footage)
Leadbelly Leadbelly ... Self (archive footage)
Natalie Maines ... Self
Roger McGuinn ... Self
George Pataki ... Self
Tom Paxton Tom Paxton ... Self (Interviewee)
Paul Robeson ... Self (archive footage)
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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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Taglines:

Musician. Patriot. Activist. Environmentalist. Blacklisted. Legend.

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic material | See all certifications »
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Patriot, Gentleman,and an American Original: Pete Seeger
16 September 2007 | by rsampronSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,945, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$88,312

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,312
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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