WSCP 4: Pete Seeger

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00:00:00 - Show Introduction 00:01:08 - Performance: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" (Michael Johnathon)

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Keywords: Banjo; Michael Johnathon (Artist); Pete Seeger (Composer); Where Have All the Flowers Gone (Song)

Subjects: 5-string banjos; folk music

00:04:39 - Welcome/Artist Introduction

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Segment Synopsis: Johnathon introduces the program by reflecting on folk music and the career and influence of Pete Seeger. The audience listens to an excerpt of Seeger's song "In the Evening."

Keywords: In the Evening (song); Pete Seeger (artist)

Subjects: Folk music

00:06:54 - Performance: "I Don't Want Your Millions Mister" (Rik Palieri)

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Keywords: I Don't Want Your Millions Mister (song); Rik Palieri (artist)

Subjects: 5-string banjos; folk music

00:09:49 - Interview 1: Rik Palieri

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Segment Synopsis: Palieri reflects on Pete Seeger as an influence on him as a musician as well as his activism. Palieri talked about the "Hudson River Sloop Clearwater" effort to clean up the Hudson River.

Keywords: Banjo music; Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; Pete Seeger

Subjects: environmental pollution; political activism


Hyperlink: https://www.clearwater.org/about/the-clearwater-story/
00:13:48 - Performance: "The River that Flows Both Ways" (Rick Nestler)

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Keywords: acoustic guitar

Subjects: folk music

00:17:41 - Interview 2: Rick Nestler

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Segment Synopsis: Rick Nestler recalls his work with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and his role in the Hudson River Clearwater Singers.

Keywords: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; Hudson River Sloop Singers

00:20:35 - Performance: "We Shall Overcome" (Frank Hamilton)

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Keywords: Folk music; Frank Hamilton (artist); We Shall Overcome (song)

Subjects: folk music

00:22:43 - Performance: "Wasn't That a Time" (Frank Hamilton, Mark Dvorak, and Chris Walz)

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Segment Synopsis: Hamilton, Dvorak, and Walz perform the Weavers hit "Wasn't That a Time".

Keywords: Chris Walz (artist); Frank Hamilton (artist); Mark Dvorak (artist); Wasn't That A Time (song)

Subjects: folk music

00:25:42 - Break 00:25:46 - Reflection (Johnathon)

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Segment Synopsis: Johnathon reflects on Seeger's community activism and the Woodsongs Coffehouse movement.

00:26:47 - Performance: "Little Boxes" (Melissa Deaton-Johnathon)

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Keywords: Little Boxes (song); Malvina Reynolds (songwriter); Melissa Deaton-Johnathon (artist)

Subjects: acapella; vocal music

00:31:23 - Interview 3: Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri

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Segment Synopsis: Nestler and Palieri reflect on the song "Little Boxes" and talk about why it appealed to Pete Seeger. They recalled the log cabin that he and his wife Toshi lived in overlooking the Hudson River.

Keywords: Folk music

Subjects: Pete Seeger

00:33:29 - Performance: "Well May the World Go" (Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri)

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Keywords: Folk music; Rick Nestler (artist); Rik Palieri (artist); Well May the World Go (song)

Subjects: 12-string guitars; 5-string banjos

00:35:39 - Interview 4: Rik Palieri and Rick Nestler

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Segment Synopsis: Palieri discusses the extended neck banjo that Pete Seeger customized as well as Pete Seeger's usage of music as activism to make the world a "better place." Nestler discusses the Weavers and their career as a folk group as well as the impact of the Red Scare and his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1955.

Keywords: Banjo; The Red Scare; The Weavers; the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)

Subjects: banjos; political activism

00:40:56 - Performance: "The Midnight Special" (Frank Hamilton, Mark Dvorak, and Chris Walz)

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Keywords: Chris Walz (artist); Frank Hamilton (artist); Mark Dvorak (artist); The Midnight Special (song)

00:44:16 - Interview 5: Frank Hamilton, Mark Dvorak, and Chris Walz

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Segment Synopsis: Frank Hamilton, Mark Dvorak, and Chris Walz discuss "Ledbelly" and his influence on Pete Seeger.

Keywords: Alan Lomax; Huddie Ledbetter; Lead Belly; Midnight Special (song)

Subjects: Pete Seeger; folk music

00:46:57 - Performance: "Irene Goodnight" (Rick Nestler, Rik Palieri, Frank Hamilton, Mark Dvorak, Chris Walz)

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Keywords: Chris Walz (artist); Frank Hamilton (artist); Irene Goodnight (song); Lead Belly; Mark Dvorak (artist); Rick Nestler (artist); Rik Palieri (artist); The Weavers

Subjects: folk music

00:51:04 - Coda: Michael Johnathon

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Segment Synopsis: Johnathon ends the show reflecting on Pete Seeger and his life and music.

Keywords: Pete Seeger

00:53:20 - Closing Credits / From the Woodsongs Archive: "Midnight Special" (Odetta)