Multcolib Picks: Pete Seeger: His life and times

Which Side Are You On?
Which Side Are You On? An Inside Story of the Folk Music Revival in America By Weissman, Dick Book - 2005 781.6213 W433w 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:The author addresses the folksong as protest music and the blacklisting of folk singers, particularly The Weavers and Pete Seeger.

Singing Out
Singing Out An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals By Dunaway, David King Book - 2010 781.6213 D897s 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Culled from more than 150 interviews recorded from 1976 to 2006, this captivating story spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political, and social aspects of this movement. Includes a foreword by Pete Seeger.

We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome A Song That Changed the World By Stotts, Stuart Book Plus CD - 2010 j 782.42162 S8889w 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:"We Shall Overcome" isn't a complicated piece of music, yet the song has had a profound effect on people throughout the United States--and the world. With its dramatic stories and memorable quotes, this saga of a famous piece of music offers a unique way of looking at social history.

33 Revolutions Per Minute
33 Revolutions Per Minute A History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day By Lynskey, Dorian Book - 2011 782.42159909 L9899t 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Over the years, songwriters have had the ability to address radical and sometimes dangerous notions that would be unacceptable in another form. Here is a collection of protest music embodied in 33 songs since the 1930s.

The Protest Singer
The Protest Singer An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger By Wilkinson, Alec Book - 2009 782.42162 S451wiL 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:A true American original is brought to life in this rich and lively portrait of Pete Seeger, who, with his musical grace and inextinguishable passion for social justice, transformed folk singing into a high form of peaceful protest in the second half of the twentieth century.

"To Everything There Is A Season"
"To Everything There Is A Season" Pete Seeger and the Power of Song By Winkler, Allan M. Book Plus CD - 2009 782.42162 S451wi 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Pete Seeger became one of the nation's most influential activists and folk singers as the folk music revival, often revolving around protest movements, unfolded in the 1960s. This text uses Pete Seeger's life and music as a frame of reference to discuss the important role popular music played during the various protest movements in the 20th century.

Annotation:Recorded in 2005. Scott Simon interviews Seeger about his lengthy, influential career.

A Shared List by multcolib

Member of Multnomah County Library

Send multcolib a Message FollowFollow IgnoreIgnore Report This List


Pete Seeger used music as a tool to fight for social justice. His belief in the power of song inspired many and also made him a target for people who didn't like his message. Here are some titles about the life and times of the great Pete Seeger. - Alison K.

Topic Guide