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Movie Review: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Alternate Title: To Everything There is a Season

Story: Today, May 3rd, is Pete Seeger's 88th birthday and what a glorious life it has been. This tribute film directed and produced by Jim Brown sings the praises of the life of this amazing man. Brown had the complete cooperation of Seeger and his family in the making of this film and so we are privileged to see archival film clips of Seeger over the last six decades.

The documentary reflects on the legacy of Seeger as songwriter and social activist. It is a wonderful 90 minutes of our own history as well as we watch Seeger's involvement in every important social and political cause of the 20th century. He was black listed in the 50's and did not appear on radio or TV for over 17 years. The good old Smothers Brothers were brave enough to help break that long, dry spell.

Talking heads such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez and the very humorous Arlo Guthrie are woven throughout this homage to Pete Seeger in word and song.

All political activists and music lovers should put this film on their must see this when it is available. For more on Seeger, his life, his work, his passion, go to:


Acting: Not applicable in a documentary

Predilection: I am a BIG Pete Seeger fan.

Critters: A bee and a cat.

Food: Seeger's devoted wife of 62 years. Toshi, is seen making food in the kitchen.

Blatant Product Placement: Peace in our time.

Soundtrack: The sound track was music to my ears. For a snippet of one of his best songs, go to:


Theater Audience: A full house during the Tribeca Film Festival. My movie buddy and political activist friend Bumper Sticker Ruth (long story on that moniker) thought we recognized other protesters from marches not too long ago. On my way home I walked through Union Square where there was a peace demonstration opposing Bush' veto on an Iraq deadline. I joined in protest to honor the life of Pete Seeger. WE SHALL OVERCOME!

Weather: The four season were depicted clearly as metaphor.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: The HUAC era scares me and makes me squirm.

Drift Factor: No drifting but lots of toe tapping.

Tissue Usage: I always well up when I hear We Shall Overcome.

Oscar Worthy: Why not?

Big Screen or Rental: Director Jim Brown in a Q & A after the film said that he was not sure how this film would be distributed. It might go directly to DVD or it might be seen on TV. Look for it.

Length: 90 minutes