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The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger

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"In his latest book, New Yorker writer Wilkinson (The Happiest Man in the World) gives due praise to the influential American singer Pete Seeger, who humbly told his biographer that 'what's needed is a book that can be read in one sitting.' It is just such a spirit of humility that emerges from Wilkinson's lovely and, indeed, brief profile of Seeger (who turns 90 in May), at once social activist, environmentalist and, above all, courageous musician, the peoples' singer, who wholeheartedly believed in his father's dictum that 'music, as any art, is not an end in itself, but is a means for achieving larger ends.' Wilkinson's thorough research is artfully couched in his extended interviews with the singer on his wooded property in upstate New York, during which Seeger elucidates his storied genealogy, recounts his times with Woody Guthrie and describes his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955 (the full transcript of which is reprinted as an appendix). Wilkinson's biography reads as lucidly as if we were there with him, listening to Seeger's history as he boils maple sap down to syrup and chops his daily quota of firewood. In Wilkinson's writing, one can almost hear Seeger's axe splitting the logs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Alec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980. Before that, he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that a rock-and-roll musician. He has published eight other books—two memoirs, two collections of essays, two biographical portraits, and two pieces of reporting. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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ISBN:
9780307269959
Author:
Wilkinson, Alec
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Folk singers
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Seeger, Pete
Subject:
Folk singers -- United States.
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 PHOTOS IN TEXT
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.2 x 0.8 in 0.6 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his latest book, New Yorker writer Wilkinson (The Happiest Man in the World) gives due praise to the influential American singer Pete Seeger, who humbly told his biographer that 'what's needed is a book that can be read in one sitting.' It is just such a spirit of humility that emerges from Wilkinson's lovely and, indeed, brief profile of Seeger (who turns 90 in May), at once social activist, environmentalist and, above all, courageous musician, the peoples' singer, who wholeheartedly believed in his father's dictum that 'music, as any art, is not an end in itself, but is a means for achieving larger ends.' Wilkinson's thorough research is artfully couched in his extended interviews with the singer on his wooded property in upstate New York, during which Seeger elucidates his storied genealogy, recounts his times with Woody Guthrie and describes his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955 (the full transcript of which is reprinted as an appendix). Wilkinson's biography reads as lucidly as if we were there with him, listening to Seeger's history as he boils maple sap down to syrup and chops his daily quota of firewood. In Wilkinson's writing, one can almost hear Seeger's axe splitting the logs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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