Pete Seeger, "The Power of Song"
The Power of Song
The documentary, "The Power of Song," tells the story of the long and sometimes rocky road traveled by a remarkable American, Pete Seeger. For the pre-boomer generation it will bring back memories of the anti-communist hysteria that followed World War II, the depredations of Senator Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, the blacklisting of some of our most talented artists, screenwriters and directors, the quagmire of Vietnam and the growth in popularity of American folk music. For younger people, the documentary tells a story which contains important messages about contemporary issues including the Iraq war and global warming.
Pete Seeger never deviated from his beliefs about world peace, social justice, racial equality, labor rights, environmental conservation, and concern for the less fortunate among us. Although he was pilloried for his support of some of these causes and his brief membership in the U.S. Communist Party, harrassed by HUAC, Joe McCarthy and the FBI and banned for a decade from television, Seeger never wavered from his refusal to testify about his political beliefs and was ultimately vindicated when his conviction for refusal to answer questions on his political beliefs and activities put to him by the House Un-American Activities Committee was over-turned in the courts. Later he was honored by President Bill Clinton in the White House for his lifetime of accomplishments and by Republican Governor Pataki of New York for his successful efforts to clean up the Hudson River.
Throughout his life, Seeger used folk songs as a way of promoting the causes in which he believed. He is considered the father of American folk music. His motto was "Think globally. Act locally."
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Seeger leads a crowd of about 600 through Manhattan, finishing with an impromptu concert.