FDL Book Salon Welcomes Edward Renehan, Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 1:59 pm

I was a protégé  of Pete Seeger for over 40 years, and like the author of today’s book, Ed Renehan, a friend of both Pete & his amazing wife, Toshi. Ed’s book, Pete Seeger vs. the Un-Americans, explores Seeger’s interaction with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC for short), colloquially known as the McCarthy Hearings, after Senator Joe McCarthy, who presided over the Committee for many years.

 

Pete Seger Gives His Own Eulogy

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 5:20 pm

Music is its own kind of magic, Seeger tapped into its potential as a force for humanity and in his parting sentiments he further encourages us all to keep that practice alive.

RIP: Pete Seeger

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Pete Seeger, folk singer and activist whose music and straight talk inspired generations of musicians and activists, has died. He was 94. Known for songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, Seeger–who joined the Young Communist League (YCL) in 1936 and the Communist Party USA in 1942, eventually drifting away from them in the early 1950s–performed for troops in the South Pacific during World War II. He was convicted of contempt of Congress after refusing to answer questions at the House Un-American Activities Committee.

So Long, Pete & Toshi Seeger, It’s Been Amazingly Great to Know You

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 11:18 am

Toshi and Pete Seeger defy description except through the sheer joy and honor it was to know them, however briefly.

Live Blog for #OWS: Day 36, Pete Seeger & Occupiers March to Columbus Circle

By: Saturday October 22, 2011 9:30 am

Spirits were high last night as occupiers were joined by 92-year-old folk legend Pete Seeger for a late night march to Columbus Circle, where a midnight performance featuring Seeger’s grandson Tao Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, composer David Amram, bluesman Guy Davis and others.

Late, Late Night FDL: Union Maid

By: Monday February 21, 2011 10:00 pm

Billy Bragg performing Woody Guthrie’s Union Maid…

FDL Movie Night: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

By: Monday January 3, 2011 5:00 pm

Set against the backdrop of the 1960s through the end of the Vietnam War, Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune traces the life and music of singer songwriter Phil Ochs, who committed suicide in 1976. Ochs was a driven artist and activist who sense of social justice was at times in conflict with his desire for recognition, a tragic American hero with a history of bipolar disorder whose life and work was deeply enmeshed with the cultural and political tapestry of his time.

Late, Late Night FDL: Simple Song of Freedom

By: Sunday December 12, 2010 10:00 pm

Bobby Darin – Simple Song of Freedom and Pete Seeger – Bring ‘em Home

Hard Times: Democracy and Song

By: Sunday October 10, 2010 9:30 am

The rhythms, melodies and lyrics of popular music can lift us out of the present, feed our desire for collective joy, and give us a private and comfortable escape. They can also enlighten hearts and minds. Song can celebrate our common humanity and bring us together for common purpose, as when civil rights marchers sang “We Shall Overcome.”

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