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Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger turned 90 in 2009. In celebration, we are featuring a selected list of books, scores, CDs and DVDs available for check-out in the Music Department to entice you to brush up on Seeger's many contributions to 20th Century American culture and in particular, American folk song. You can also listen to albums by Pete Seeger online from American Song (all you need is a CLP library card).

We have included materials on and by some of his great compatriots also. Following the list, you will find some subject headings to use in the Library's catalog to find more materials on protest songs and other socially driven music traditions.


Pete Seeger


Dunaway, David King
A Pete Seeger Discography: Seventy Years of Recordings
ML 156.7 .S44 D86 2011

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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
DVD ML 420 .S445 P48 2008x
This documentary looks at the life of controversial musician, activist, and environmentalist Pete Seeger, and how he used his songs to promote social change.
Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest
DVD M 1630.18 .S4685 P483-486 2005x
Rainbow Quest was a mid-1960s U.S. television series devoted to folk music. Using the setting of a back porch, it featured Pete Seeger in an informal picking party with guest musicians from bluegrass, country, folk, blues, gospel and world music.
A Musical Journey: The Films of Pete, Toshi & Dan Seeger 1957-1964
DVD M 1627 .F46 2005x
Rare home movies of musicians from around the world filmed by the Seegers from 1957-1964. Includes the McPeake Family, filmed in their living room in Ireland, and African-American worksongs filmed in a Texas prison.
Seeger, Pete
How to Play the 5-String Banjo
DVD MT 568 .H65 2004x
Pete Seeger demonstrates a variety of banjo techniques (up-picking, frailing, whamming, double-thumbing, tremolo, 6/8 time, calypso rhythm, hammering-on, pulling-off, two-and three-finger picking) he uses in a wide range of music.
'Til the River Runs Clear
DVD QH 104.5 .H83 T553 2007
Presents the story of efforts led by folk singer Pete Seeger to clean up the Hudson River, which by the mid-1960s had become one of America's most polluted rivers.

Compact Discs

Seeger, Pete
At 89
You can also listen to this CD on your computer with streaming audio from American Song. (CLP library card required for remote access.)

Seeger, Pete
If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope and Struggle
Listen to this via streaming audio (CLP library card required).

Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger
Listen to this via streaming audio (CLP library card required).



Dunaway, David King
How Can I Keep From Singing: Pete Seeger
ML420 .S445 D8
In depth biography with expanded information on Seeger's blacklist experience.
Wilkinson, Alec
The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
ML 420 .S445 W55 2009

Scores and Song Books

Renehan, Edward, comp.
The Clearwater Songbook
rqM 1629 .C53x (reference only)
Songs sung on the Hudson River's sloop, Clearwater.
Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People
M 1629 .L83 H4
American folk songs of the Depression and the labor movement of the 1930's compiled by Alan Lomax with music transcribed and edited by Pete Seeger and notes by Woody Guthrie.
Rise Up Singing: The Group-Singing Song Book
M 1977 .C5 R56 1988
Words, chords and sources to 1200 songs for group singing anywhere, anytime

Pete's Folksong Compatriots


Cohen, Ronald D., ed
Alan Lomax: Selected Writings 1934-1997
ML 3551 .L65 2003
Dettmar, Kevin, ed.
The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan
ML 420 .D98 D48 2009
Goldsmith, Peter D.
Making People's Music: Moe Asch and Folkways Records
ML 429 .A83 G65 1998
Moe Asch was the founder of Folkways Records and its director for nearly forty years, amassing a catalog of almost 2,200 recordings of American folk songs and world music.
Jackson, Mark Allan
Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie
ML 410 .G978 J33 2007

Compact Discs

Springsteen, Bruce
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

The Best of the Weavers



No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
DVD ML 420 .D98 N6 2005x
Traces Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966.

Additional Subject Headings

For further exploration of protest songs, work songs and so forth, these are some of the subjects you might want to search: