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Almanac Singers

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The Almanac Performers lasted for hardly a year in support of left out three dozen songs, and their work was at least as controversial since it was popular. However they had been among the 1st folk music groupings arranged for politics reasons to record, and their lineup — Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Woody Guthrie, and Millard Lampell — was a digital “who’s who” of topical ointment and well-known folk music for another 20 years. These were the group where Seeger initial installed officially with Hays, along with the initial direct link within the professions of Seeger, Hays, and Guthrie, and their impact lingers a lot more than 50 years once they disbanded. The Almanac Performers had their begin in 1940, when Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Millard Lampell 1st met up. Seeger and Hays experienced already been performing together at numerous left-wing politics features, and Lampell — who was simply Hays’ roommate — started hearing them within their house, where Seeger regularly remained. The trio began informally, as Lampell became a member of the duo. The trio performed at fund-raising celebrations for different politics organizations, and their music demonstrated popular — that they had an earthy, unpretentious method of tunes, and their deliberate “hillbilly” picture fooled prospective viewers, who experienced no idea what these were in for. Pursuing their rousing overall performance in the American Youngsters Congress conference in Washington, D.C., in Feb of 1941, where they regaled the delegates — mainly pacifists and leftists — with anti-Roosevelt and anti-war tunes, the Almanac Performers had been a heading concern. Seeger, Hays, and Lampell weren’t only expert songsmiths, but had been similarly adept at changing traditional tunes, grafting on lyrics that described issues of your day, like the mistreatment of employees as well as the intended neglect of the federal government in shopping for them. They might go into conferences of construction guys or factory employees, who got restless upon viewing these “hillbillies” with guitars and banjos, but generally, hundreds of employees would be becoming involved over the choruses by the finish from the performance, prepared to hear and to remain for regardless of the conference organizers asked. The name “the Almanac Performers” was designed to maintain their image as easy and straightforward as you possibly can. Seeger reasoned that a lot of country people possessed just two books, The Bible as well as the Farmer’s Almanac, the previous intended to encourage them to the next globe as well as the latter to greatly help them through that one. Woody Guthrie agreed upon on within the springtime of 1941, and finally Sis Cunningham and Bess Hawes (the sister of Alan Lomax) emerged aboard aswell, even though sextet under no circumstances recorded therefore. Others who met up using the trio or quartet informally on different events included bluesmen Leadbelly and Josh White colored, and folk performers Burl Ives and Richard Dyer-Bennett. Even though Communist Party — whose NY headquarters was just a few blocks from where Seeger, Hays, and Lampell resided — deemed the Almanacs as suspiciously free-thinking (specifically their metropolitan communal life-style) and funny, they were pleased to utilize the group to help expand their trigger. The group became a favorite fixture at union conferences and fund-raising occasions for several left-wing politics groupings. The Almanac Performers’ music was carefully linked with their politics, which is impossible to inform of their background without entering their politics, which both motivated the group and in addition doomed it at the same time. Every one of the Almanacs had been associated with leftist politics organizations, like the Communist Party. A few of this is ascribed to vibrant naïveterinariané and innocence, instead of any serious philosophical perception in Marx, Lenin, or Stalin. Additionally, it ought to be remembered that before arrival of Roosevelt’s New Offer, it had appeared to many People in america as if the Communist Party provided the only politics tone of voice for poor and working-class People in america. Further, many People in america, especially one of the intelligentsia, hadn’t deserted their respect for the Communist Party, specifically after it became the only politics force in European countries that was securely against Hitler as well as the makes of fascism. Area of the Almanacs’ function was to entice labor groupings and their associates in to the fold. These were highly anti-Roosevelt, due to what they regarded the president’s vulnerable support of employees’ privileges (ignoring the actual fact that Roosevelt was hated with the higher classes to be too sympathetic towards the functioning course), and his putting your signature on from the country’s initial peace-time draft costs. In the springtime of 1941, after some weeks without achievement, the Almanac Performers arranged for his or her 1st recording, entitled Tracks for SOMEONE IN PARTICULAR, which got the Communist Party’s formal isolationist range (Hitler and Stalin having authorized a nonaggression pact the prior yr), urging listeners to withstand any American participation within the battle in European countries. Ironically, the recording came out just a few weeks before Germany attacked the Soviet Union, as well as the Almanac Performers soon had cause to partially disown its content material. That record was made out of help from folk-song collector Alan Lomax, potential film movie director Nicholas Ray, and NBC professional Joe Thompson, who persuaded Eric Bernay, who owns a midtown Manhattan record shop and a little independent label known as Keynote, which the Almanacs had been a good potential customer. Bernay have been associated with leftist politics and was musically open-minded — he’d performed a key function in arranging sponsorship from the Spirituals to Golf swing concert at Carnegie Hall a couple of years earlier, that John Hammond had opted searching for Robert Johnson and then discover that the blues tale had passed away, and instead came back with Big Costs Broonzy. He was cautious with the politics behind their music, nevertheless, and issued Tracks for SOMEONE IN PARTICULAR on “Almanac Information,” to avoid any repercussions against Keynote. The very first record sold sufficiently for Bernay to really have the group record another album, Speaking Union, comprised of labor tunes, this time around the Keynote label. The Almanacs continued to be highly anti-Roosevelt, with least among their records targeted at the chief executive experienced the hands of his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, who believed it had been in dubious flavor, and apparently angered the chief executive himself. Still, the energy from the group’s music was undeniable. They weren’t performing country or Traditional western music, although they drew on those styles for repertory. In a way, the Almanac Performers helped define folk music like a industrial category, because the 1st group to consciously sell this repertory to some mass public in this manner. The group cut a fresh series of tracks of a relatively less politics character on July 7, 1941, within a hastily arranged session made by Alan Lomax, to improve 250 dollars to get a car to produce a visit to California. The primary quartet was augmented on a few of these tracks by the current presence of part-time Almanac people Pete Hawes (aka Joe Bowers) and his sibling Butch (Bess Lomax’s hubby). The ensuing tracks later made an appearance in two albums, primarily released on 78 rpm disk and afterwards as LPs, and lastly about the same Compact disc, entitled Sod Buster Ballads (that your users hated) and Ocean Chanties. The group proceeded to go off to California after performing the 18 tunes and didn’t find out about the albums until they came back months later on. The Almanac Performers’ fortunes increased and fell quickly. They attracted a good amount of interest because of the success of the appearances at numerous rallies, especially on the trip out Western. Once in California, nevertheless, friction started to appear between your users, as their differing goals and reasons became obvious — Lampell’s politics motivations had been never as solid as those of Seeger, and the actual fact that he and Guthrie utilized the group and its own music as a way of getting fairer associates of the contrary sex produced him suspect, in addition to an object of jealousy. Lampell and Guthrie still left the flip, while Seeger and Hays continuing to interact, augmented by other people who sat in. They came back towards the East Coastline several months later on, where Seeger and Hays started arranging what became referred to as “Almanac Homes,” glorified communal crash pads where would-be performers could go to sit in, pay attention, and, if you need to, to reside. Their politics, which continued to be awkwardly pacifist because the scenario in European countries worsened, in conjunction with the daily adjustments in American culture, made it difficult for the Almanacs to get any lasting balance or achievement. For all their leftist sympathies, the Almanac Performers now present themselves lumped as well as an ever-shrinking couple of lingering pacifist idealists, disillusioned Globe Battle I veterans, and hardcore right-wing Republicans like Congressman Hamilton Seafood in opposing American entrance into Globe Battle II. The strike on Pearl Harbor finally managed to get possible (and required) for the group to break using its isolationist previous. Three months following the strike on Pearl Harbor, in another of the strangest ironies from the group’s brief background, the Almanac Performers (with Arthur Stern right now changing Lee Hays) had been featured inside a Feb 1942 unique broadcast continued all radio systems entitled THAT IS War. Their overall performance was well received, and it appeared as if a nationwide radio contract along with a recording cope with a significant label would follow. But newspapers began operating stories in regards to the group’s politics history, and the actual fact that until just a couple months earlier these were echoing the Soviet party series and an isolationist placement, and any radio or documenting deals had been forgotten. The associates became scattered towards the needs from the American battle effort, as well as the Almanacs dissolved, although Seeger and Hays hardly ever appeared to be too much from one another. They later produced the Weavers, endured years to be blacklisted because of their old leftist politics ties, but still managed to impact another era indirectly with the music from the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary, and also the Beach Kids (“Sloop John B”), among numerous others. Lampell was also blacklisted, but became an effective songwriter, screenwriter, and novelist. Ironically, despite his becoming crippled by Huntington’s disease, which finished his career following the middle-’50s, Guthrie continued to really have the very best impact of all, by using self-proclaimed disciple Bob Dylan. Possibly the great, last irony of most was that the Almanacs acquired popularized the term “hootenanny,” signifying a casual gathering of folk performers and listeners, which became therefore familiar it became the name from the 1960s ABC tv folk music display. But due to his previous politics organizations, Pete Seeger, co-founder from the Almanacs, was prohibited from showing up on Hootenanny.

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Music Songs Talking Union, Ballad of October 16, C for Conscription, The Dodger Song, Get Thee Behind Me, Satan, Union Train, All I Want, I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister, I Don't Want Your Millions, Blow Ye Winds, Heigh Ho, Strange Death of John Doe, Songs for Bridges, Round and Round Hitler's Grave, Washington Breakdown, Roll The Union On, The Coast of High Barbary, Boomtown Bill, I Ride an Old Paint, The Golden Vanity, Plow Under, Away Rio, Lisa Jane, Union Maid, Keep That Oil A-Rollin', Belt Line Girl, Hard, Ain't It Hard, Ground Hog, Blow the Man Down, Haul Away, Joe, Hold The Fort, State of Arkansas, Which Side Are You On?
Albums Songs for John Doe, Dear Mr. President, Sod Buster Ballads, Deep Sea Chanteys and Whaling Ballads, Talking Union & Other Union Songs, Their Complete General Recordings, Dear Mr President, Songs of the Lincoln Brigade (Two Original Albums With Bonus Tracks, 1942), Deep Sea and Whaling Ballads, Sod Buster Ballads (Two Original Albums With Bonus Tracks, 1941), Union Maid, Which Side Are You On? The Best of the Almanac Singers, Plow Under, State Of Arkansas, Songs of Protest, Solidarity Forever, Classics by The Almanac Singers, C for Consription, House of the Rising Sun (Music for Every Mood), Talking Union (Analog Source Remaster 2016), The Very Best Of, Group Singer Classics, Classic Folk Songs - Vol. 4 - Almanac Singers, American Roots Music (Remastered), Blow The Man Down, House of the Rising Sun, Legends Of Country, Talking Union - EP, Liza Jane (Golden Classics), Midnight Special (Generation Folk and Pop), Songs for John Doe, Talking Union (Two Original Albums, 1941), Which Side Are You On (In Memoriam Pete Seeger - Authentic Recordings)


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1 He was named as a Communist by Burl Ives in 1952.
2 His first child, a son, named Peter Ota Seeger born in 1944, died at six months of age, while Pete was deployed overseas.
3 Hudson Valley, New York [May 2006]
4 He was one of Bob Dylan's biggest advocates among the folk scene. When Dylan went "electric" (with a backing band) at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, however, Seeger was reported to be enraged and even, some claim, tried to severe the power to the amplifiers with an ax. Seeger, for his part, said this never happened but admitted to being annoyed at the time, not because Dylan was "turning his back" on folk music but because he and his friends couldn't hear any of the words over the rock music on what they felt was an overly loud, poorly mixed sound-system.
5 Father of Tinya V.S. Seeger and father-in-law of Shabazz A. Jackson of Beacon, New York; Grandfather of Moraya Seeger Jackson (born in 1988) and grandfather-in-law of Christopher Landis DeGeare of Minnesota.
6 Stepbrother-in-law of Ewan MacColl.
7 Stepuncle of Neil MacColl.
8 Made an appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) but the song he performed, "Waist Deep in The Big Muddy" (an allegory about the then-escalating Vietnam War), was deemed too controversial by the CBS network, and it was censored from the broadcast.
9 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
10 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1994 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
11 He is a composer, lyricist, vocalist, and banjo player.
12 Is part of a distinguished musical family. His parents were teacher and musicologist Charles Seeger and classical violinist Constance Edson. His half brother and sister were born to Charles and second wife composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, and are singers Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger.
13 Kennedy Center Honoree, 1994.
14 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 (under the category Early Influence).
15 Has performed with both Woody Guthrie and Arlo Guthrie.
16 He wrote the song "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)", which was recorded by Judy Collins and later became a #1 hit for The Byrds in 1965. The lyrics were adapted from the Old Testament of the Bible; namely from the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, Verses 1-8.
17 The inscription on his banjo reads: "This instrument surrounds hate and forces it to surrender."
18 Is an advocate of alternative fuel vehicles, and owns an electric pick-up truck.
19 The Harry Chapin song, "Old Folkie", is a tribute to Seeger.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
September 12th 2017/I performer: "Preserven El Parque Elysian", "Coyote, My Little Brother" post-production
Wear performer: "Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier" completed
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour 2016 writer: "If I Had a Hammer"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Perfect Day 2015 writer: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"
Marxist Lucifer King 2015 Video documentary short "We Shall Overcome", uncredited
Under the Dome 2014 TV Series music - 1 episode
Orange Is the New Black 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pride 2014/I performer: "Solidarity Forever"
Don't Let Them In 2013 Short performer: "Times are Getting Hard Boys"
The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark 2013 Documentary arranger: "Turn Turn Turn"
The Butler 2013/I "We Shall Overcome"
The Secret Disco Revolution 2012 Documentary arranger: "We Shall Overcome" / performer: "We Shall Overcome"
Miss Farkku-Suomi 2012 "We Shall Overcome"
True Blood 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Woody Allen: A Documentary 2012 Documentary writer: "If I Had a Hammer"
Hemingway & Gellhorn 2012 TV Movie writer: "Jarama Valley"
Alice in Wonder City 2012 TV Series lyrics: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" / writer: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"
Cloclo 2012 writer: "Si j'avais un marteau If I Had A Hammer"
Sen Kimsin? 2012 arranger: "Guantanamera"
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur 2012 TV Mini-Series music - 4 episodes
Atop the Fourth Wall 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Experience 2011 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary "Guantanamera" / writer: "Sylvie Bring Me Li'l Water, Silvie"
La Marató 2010 2010 TV Special writer: "Tard, tard, tard"
Doctors 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nostalgia Critic TV Series music - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Ja el tenim! El disc de La Marató 2010 TV Movie documentary writer: "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Tard, tard, tard"
Panamericana - Life at the Longest Road on Earth 2010 Documentary arranger: "Guantanamera" 04:34
Temple Grandin 2010 TV Movie writer: "If I Had a Hammer" 1949
GasLand 2010 Documentary performer: "This Land Is Your Land"
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary arranger: "We Shall Overcome"
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary performer: "Goodnight, Irene"
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay 2009 "We Shall Overcome"
Inspector George Gently 2009 TV Series 1 episode
The Damned United 2009 music: "Guantanamera"
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Choir: Boys Don't Sing 2008 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Summerhood 2008 performer: "Little Boxes"
First Sunday 2008 "We Shall Overcome"
Por Toda Minha Vida 2007 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
L'invité 2007 writer: "Si j'avais un marteau" "If I Had a Hammer
I'm Not There. 2007 writer: "If I Had a Hammer The Hammer Song"
From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks 2007 Documentary performer: "Step by Step", "Scabs Crawl In" / writer: "Step by Step", "Scabs Crawl In"
Clatterford 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Independent Lens TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 2005 - 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2006
Drømmen 2006 arranger: "We Shall Overcome"
Der letzte Tanz 2005 TV Movie music: "Turn! Turn! Turn! To Everything There Is A Season"
American Masters TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
A Dona da História 2004 arranger: "Guantanamera"
White Chicks 2004 writer: "Guantanamera"
Stateside 2004 "Guantanamera"
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Our Country 2003 Documentary short writer: "Turn, Turn, Turn To Everything There is a Season"
The Challenge 2003 TV Movie arranger: "Guantanamera"
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 writer: "If I Had a Hammer The Hammer Song"
American Soundtrack: This Land Is Your Land 2002 TV Movie music: "Turn, Turn, Turn" / writer: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"
In America 2002 writer: "Turn, Turn, Turn" 1962
RFK 2002 TV Movie writer: "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Easy Listening 2002 arranger: "Guantanamera"
Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song 2001 Documentary music: "Sag Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind" / writer: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"
Zwei Männer am Herd 2001 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
Rebelové 2001 music: "Rekni, kde ty kytky jsou /Where Have All the Flowers Gone/"
Extranjeros de sí mismos 2000 Documentary performer: "Jarama Valley" popular
Steal This Movie 2000 performer: "This Land Is Your Land"
Crazy in Alabama 1999 arranger: "We Shall Overcome"
Music of the Heart 1999 "We Shall Overcome"
Mon père, ma mère, mes frères et mes soeurs 1999 lyrics: "Si javais un marteau" If I Had a Hammer / music: "Si javais un marteau" If I Had a Hammer / writer: "Si javais un marteau" If I Had a Hammer
Great Railway Journeys 1999 TV Series documentary arranger - 1 episode
Antz 1998 writer: "Guantanamera"
A Bright Shining Lie 1998 TV Movie writer: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"
Last Night 1998/I performer: "Guantanamera" / writer: "Guantanamera"
The Simpsons TV Series 1 episode, 1991 writer - 1 episode, 1998
Daria 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bug Juice 1998 TV Series music - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1994
George Wallace 1997 TV Movie "We Shall Overcome"
The Delicate Art of the Rifle 1996 writer: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" - as Peter Seeger
Mr. and Mrs. Loving 1996 TV Movie writer: "Turn Turn Turn"
Derrick 1996 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
Steal Big Steal Little 1995 "Guantanamera"
Just Cause 1995 arranger: "Guantanamera"
La pasión turca 1994 arranger: "Guantanamera" / performer: "Guantanamera"
A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 "GUANTANAMERA"
There Goes My Baby 1994 music: "Turn! Turn! Turn! To Everything There Is a Season"
Forrest Gump 1994 "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" 1961 / music: "Turn! Turn! Turn! To Everything There Is A Season" 1959
Dangerous Touch 1994 arranger: "GUANTANAMERA"
The Day My Parents Ran Away 1993 TV Movie arranger: "GUANTANAMERA"
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings 1993 Video arranger: "Guantanamera"
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 performer: "Green Grass Grows All Around"
Kidsongs: Play Along Songs 1993 Video short writer: "Let Everyone Clap Hands Like Me"
Malcolm X 1992 "We Shall Overcome"
The Mambo Kings 1992 "Guantanamera"
29th Street 1991 writer: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
Dogfight 1991 arranger: "WE SHALL OVERCOME" / performer: "WE SHALL OVERCOME"
Tribute to Harry Chapin 1991 TV Special documentary performer: "Circle"
The Wonder Years TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1988 - 1990 lyrics - 1 episode, 1991 music - 1 episode, 1991
Woodstock: The Lost Performances 1990 Video documentary arranger: "We Shall Overcome"
The Freshman 1990 arranger: "GUANTANAMERA"
Sing Yourself Silly! 1990 Video short performer: "Put Down the Duckie" 1986 - uncredited
Berkeley in the Sixties 1990 Documentary "We Shall Overcome"
Wild Flowers 1989 TV Movie music: "Turn! Turn! Turn! To Everything There Is A Season" - uncredited
Cousins 1989 arranger: "GUANTANAMERA"
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie performer: "Put Down the Duckie"
Arena 1988 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Fourth Protocol 1987 "We Shall Overcome", uncredited
Raising Arizona 1987 "Goofing-Off Suite"
The Golden Girls 1986 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
Rock 'n' Roll Summer Action 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show 1986 TV Series 1 episode
Volunteers 1985 writer: "If I Had a Hammer The Hammer Song" - as Peter Seeger
Before Stonewall 1984 Documentary "We Shall Overcome", uncredited
Heart Like a Wheel 1983 music: "Turn! Turn! Turn! To Everything There Is a Season"
The Kingston Trio and Friends: Reunion 1982 TV Movie writer: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"
Saturday Night Live 1980 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
More American Graffiti 1979 writer: "Turn, Turn, Turn"
Claude François - le film de sa vie 1979 Documentary writer: "Si j'avais un marteau If I Had A Hammer"
The Godfather: Part II 1974 writer: "Guantanamera" - uncredited
An Evening with Marlene Dietrich 1973 Documentary lyrics: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" / music: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
The Dean Martin Show 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Homer 1970 writer: "Turn Turn Turn to Everything There Is a Season", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"
Carry It On 1970 Documentary writer: "We Shall Overcome"
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon 1970 performer: "Old Devil Time" / writer: "Old Devil Time"
The Johnny Cash Show TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1970 music - 1 episode, 1970
Opportunity Knocks 1968 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Magic of Marlene 1968 TV Movie writer: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"
The Redwoods 1967 Documentary short performer: "Goofin' Off", "Film Score from Indian Summer"
I Am Curious (Yellow) 1967 "We Shall Overcome", uncredited
Hollywood a Go Go 1965-1966 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Anarchy U.S.A. 1966 Documentary "We Shall Overcome"
The Big T.N.T. Show 1966 Documentary writer: "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
An Evening with... 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1965 music - 1 episode, 1965
The Ed Sullivan Show 1964 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Age tendre et tête de bois 1963 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers 1962 TV Special writer: "If I Had a Hammer"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1959 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Lux Show 1957 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Along the Erie Canal 1998 Documentary short
Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union 1992 Documentary
Rien qu'une petite chanson d'amour 1974 Short
The Foolish Frog 1971 Short
Gavilan 1968
Silvo 1967 Documentary short
Lines: Horizontal 1962 Short
Cattle Ranch 1961 Short documentary
Indian Summer 1960 Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside the Music 2009 TV Series Narrator
The Foolish Frog 1971 Short Narrator (voice)
Alice's Restaurant 1969 Pete Seeger

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pete & Toshi Get a Camera 2015 Documentary writer
The Foolish Frog 1971 Short story

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Indian Summer 1960 Short musician

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rainbow Quest 1965 TV Series executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Independent Lens 2006 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Protesters 2004 Video the producers are grateful to
Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop 2000 Documentary thanks
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lead Belly: Life, Legend, Legacy Documentary post-production Himself
Strength in Union Documentary filming Steel Worker
Rooted in Peace 2016 Documentary Activist / Musician / Singer
The Resurrection of Victor Jara 2015 Documentary Himself
Pete & Toshi Get a Camera 2015 Documentary
Freedom Summer 2014 Documentary Himself
Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector 2013 Documentary Himself
Democracy Now! 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
The Robeson Concert & Riots of 1949 2012 Documentary Storyteller - Documentary (True Story)
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 2012 Documentary Himself
Dear Governor Cuomo 2012 Documentary
The Colbert Report 2012 TV Series Himself
American Masters 1999-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
My First Guitar 2011 Documentary Himself
Give Me the Banjo 2011 Documentary Himself
Over 90 & Loving It 2011 Documentary Himself
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune 2010 Documentary Friend / Musician
Sounds Like a Revolution 2010 Documentary
Music of Ireland: Welcome Home 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement 2009 Documentary Himself
Play On, John: A Life in Music 2009 Documentary Himself - Musician
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary Himself: Folk Singer / Activist
Folk America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial 2009 TV Special Himself
In Search of Myster Ey 2008 Himself - Folk Musician
Late Show with David Letterman 2008 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement 2008 Documentary Himself
'Til the River Runs Clear 2007 TV Movie documentary Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song 2007 Documentary Himself
Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place 2007 Documentary
The Kingston Trio: 50 Years of Havin' Fun 2006 Video documentary
Swim for the River 2006 Documentary Himself - Musician / Activist
Noms 2006 TV Series Himself
Folk Britannia 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Legend of Liam Clancy 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Peace! DVD 2005 Video documentary Himself
The American Ruling Class 2005 Himself - Folksinger
This Machine Kills Fascists 2005 Video documentary
Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal 2004 Documentary Himself (The Weavers)
Natural Heroes 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Peter, Paul, and Mary: Carry It on - A Musical Legacy 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Peter Seeger)
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
XXI Century 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Singer & Songwriter
Save Our History 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Strange Fruit 2002 Documentary Himself
Bill Moyers on the Hudson 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
American Roots Music 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Freedom Highway: Songs that Shaped a Century 2001 Documentary Himself
The Travellers: This Land Is Your Land 2001 Himself
A Sigh and a Wish: Helen Creighton's Maritimes 2001 Documentary Himself
Latido Latino I: señas de identidad 2001 Documentary Himself
Latido Latino II: tiempos mestizos 2001 Documentary Himself
The Internationale 2000 Documentary short Himself
The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack 2000 Documentary Himself
Crossing the Line 1999 Video documentary short Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998 TV Series Himself
An Act of Conscience 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Joe Heaney: Sing the Dark Away 1996 TV Movie Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1994 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Raimon: 30 anys d'Al vent 1993 TV Movie Himself
Tribute to Harry Chapin 1991 TV Special documentary Himself
Memory & Imagination: New Pathways to the Library of Congress 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1990 TV Series Himself
Today 1990 TV Series Himself
Sesame Street 1972-1989 TV Series Himself
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie Himself (segment "Put Down the Duckie")
Arena 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly 1988 Video documentary Himself
Reading Rainbow 1986 TV Series Himself
Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin' 1984 Documentary
Chords of Fame 1984 Documentary Himself
In Our Hands 1984 Documentary Himself
Seeing Red 1983 Documentary Himself - Folksinger
The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time 1981 Documentary Himself
Pete Seeger on the Hudson 1979 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Folksinger
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
Love It Like a Fool 1977 Short Himself
Cousteau: Oasis in Space 1976 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969-1972 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1969-1971 TV Series Himself
The Smothers Brothers Summer Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon 1970 Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series Himself - Singer
Playboy After Dark 1969 TV Series Himself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
Festival 1967 Documentary Himself
A Roomful of Music 1965 TV Series Himself - Performer
Rainbow Quest 1965 TV Series Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1964 TV Series Himself
Tonight in Person 1963 TV Series Himself
Festival of Arts 1962 TV Series Himself
International Cafe 1960 TV Series Himself
Parade 1959 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Faye Emerson Show 1950 TV Series Himself
To Hear Your Banjo Play 1947 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Democracy Now! 2012-2015 TV Series Himself
Saving My Tomorrow 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Winding Stream 2014 Documentary Himself
Gasland Part II 2013 Documentary Himself
Palme 2012 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
My Father and the Man in Black 2012 Documentary Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Himself
My Music: John Sebastian Presents Folk Rewind 2010 TV Movie Himself
GasLand 2010 Documentary Himself
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series Himself
The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Ballad of Peter La Farge 2006 Documentary short Himself
Legends of Country Blues Guitar 1994 Video Himself (uncredited)
Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams 1991 Video documentary Himself (as The Weavers)
Sing Yourself Silly! 1990 Video short Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album For the album "The Storm King."


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1 Where have all the flowers gone Long time passing?
2 The world would never amount to a hill of beans if people didn't use their imaginations to think of the impossible.
3 [excerpt from testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee: August 18, 1955] I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or the color of their skin or situation in life. I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers. And I am proud that I never refused to sing for anybody.
4 [further testimony] I decline to discuss, under compulsion, where I have sung, and who has sung my songs, and who else has sung with me, and the people I have known. I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, or I might be a vegetarian, make me any less of an American. I will tell you about my songs, but I am not interested in telling you who wrote them. I will tell you about my songs, and I am not interested in who listened to them.
5 Songs won't save the planet, but neither will books or speeches.
6 If there's something wrong, speak up!
7 If I've got a talent, it's for picking the right song at the right time for the right audience. And I can always get people to sing with me.
8 I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more of what Russia made of it than Christianity is what churches make of it. But if by some freak of history communism had caught up with this country, I would have been one of the first people thrown in jail.
9 To every thing {turn, turn, turn} There is a season [turn, turn, turn] And a time for every purpose under heaven.
10 It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.
11 People wanting autographs. I have a special form letter that starts off: "I wish I could persuade you that collecting autographs is one of the more foolish ways we can spend our precious days. There are important things needing to be done in every community." How can people be brought together to do these important things? I've tried with banjos and boats.
12 [I receive letters] asking if I will come and accept an award someplace. This is a more general letter: "Dear so and so, thank you for your invitation, but...." A big word "but." I work hard on these letters: "My lefty reputation kept me out of the spotlight, but now I've blown my cover. I have to say no to all sorts of good people who want me to listen to their CD, read their book...."
13 Songs are weapons.
14 Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
15 (About his songs) "Some may find them merely diverting melodies. Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong? Not I." - (Interview: "Rolling Stone Magazine"; April 13, 1972)


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