Multcolib Picks: Pete Seeger: A Life of Song

Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger In His Own Words By Seeger, Pete Book - 2012 782.42162130092 S451p 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:This autobiography is shaped from letters and writings of Pete Seeger, including accounts from his book 'The Incompleat Folksinger.' Quote from the Preface: "For 30 years or more, I had put copies of letters, unfinished diaries, and miscellaneous essays in a filing cabinet and forgot about 'em. Then four years ago, a professor asked if he could look through them, perhaps reprint some. I said "sure" in my usual unthinking way. Behold. The professor and his son have made a book.... Now, I'll waste a little time to say that I found myself wanting to rewrite almost all of the pieces in this book. But Rob and Sam thought it best not to go down that road. What was,is."

The Incompleat Folksinger
The Incompleat Folksinger By Seeger, Pete Book - 1972 784.4 S45i Available in some locations

Annotation:A great book written by Pete Seeger in 1972, about the history of folk music and singers, told in stories that combine accounts of American music with his frustration and sorrow about injustice and inequalities in human rights. Illustrated with drawings,songs, and photographs.

The Bells of Rhymney and Other Songs and Stories From the Singing of Pete Seeger
The Bells of Rhymney and Other Songs and Stories From the Singing of Pete Seeger Printed Music - 1964 M- 784.4 R15b Available in some locations

Annotation:"Dear reader, peruser, skimmer, or digger: No two singers in this world have the same list of favorite songs. Here's some of mine. If you like any of them well-enough to make them your own, and adapt them to your own life and times and purposes, I'm proud to help pass 'em on to you." Songs with illustrations and stories.

A Pete Seeger Discography
A Pete Seeger Discography Seventy Years of Recordings By Dunaway, David King Book - 2011 782.421620092 S4517d 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:The most current compilation of Pete Seeger's recordings as of 2010/2011, this book fills out the details of albums, singles, foreign releases, private pressings, and the Folkways/Moses Asch recordings. An index by song title cross-references the contents of all recordings.

Stories & Songs for Little Children
Stories & Songs for Little Children By Seeger, Pete Music CD - 1995 CD-j 782.42 SEEGER

Annotation:This warm, upbeat collection of Pete Seeger's greatest hits for children is a quiet masterpiece of lively banjo playing and yarn-spinning. Includes Abiyoyo and Foolish Frog, among other favorites. - from the summary of this recording.

If I Had A Hammer
If I Had A Hammer Songs of Hope & Struggle By Seeger, Pete Music CD - 1998 CD World North America SEEGER Available in some locations

Annotation:Folk songs and original songs written by Seeger and others. Most selections originally released by Folkways, 1955-1992; includes 3 previously unreleased tracks. -from the CD description. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Listen to all the selections in this original Folkways recording online with your Multnomah County Libary card, in Music Online:

Where Have All the Flowers Gone
Where Have All the Flowers Gone A Singalong Memoir By Seeger, Pete Book Plus CD - 2009 782.42162130092 S451w 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation: An autobiography in words and songs by one of the most influential figures in American music. This revised and expanded volume—including a CD with examples from 267 songs—shares the personal stories and historical context surrounding some of Seeger’s most familiar and beloved tunes. Commenting on everything from songwriting to social activism, this autobiographical songbook includes lyrics, music, and chords to more than 300 songs, plus personal observations, anecdotes, and more than 100 photos and drawings. - from the Publisher's description.

Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book
Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book By Seeger, Pete Book - 2000 808.543 S451p 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:"This book could never have been written by me alone. At age eighty and busier than ever, I knew I needed help. Fortunately, I came across a young and well-organized writer, Paul DuBois Jacobs, grandson of an old friend of mine. We got down to business: me tape-recording stories, Paul rewriting them, then both of us reworking each other's drafts. Along the way, we tried the stories out on family, friends, parents, and children. Now.... we try them out on you. Here's hoping these stories leave you with a few new favorites and some ideas to tinker with." - From the Preface by Pete Seeger

Henscratches and Flyspecks
Henscratches and Flyspecks How to Read Melodies From Songbooks in Twelve Confusing Lessons By Seeger, Pete Printed Music - 1973 M- 784.94 S451h All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A gentle introduction to learning how to read music and play tunes, with practical advice for beginners: "Leaf through it quickly first. Learn roughly what ground it covers. Then work your way through slowly. If you come to some song that stumps you, don't waste time on it. Skip it for the moment, go on. Return and try it again later."

American Favorite Ballads
American Favorite Ballads Tunes and Songs as Sung by Pete Seeger Printed Music - 200-? M- 784.4 A51241 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:A compact book of many well-known traditional songs sung by Pete Seeger. From the Introduction: "On these pages [the songs] are in a state of suspended animation. It takes singers to bring them to life. And such is their magic, that they can bring fuller life to you."

How to Play the 5-string Banjo
How to Play the 5-string Banjo A Manual for Beginners By Seeger, Pete Printed Music - 2002 M- 787.73 S451h 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:A guide to the banjo, for beginners. If you have a library card from Multnomah County Library, you can follow along with the instructions in the book and listen to the recordings by Pete Seeger in Music Online. Log in to Music Online with your library card from Multnomah County and search by title: "How to Play the 5-String Banjo." Link:

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Writings and music by Pete Seeger: "I'm singing a wide variety of songs, trying to touch base with these different kinds of people, get 'em involved, not just listening but singing. It all boils down to what I would most like to do as a musician. Put songs on people's lips instead of just in their ears." - book list compiled by Beverly, Multomah County Library

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