PETE SEEGER R.I.P. 1919-2014

January 29, 2014 – 9:44 am

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died January 27, 2014. He was 94 and lived in Beacon, NY. His death was confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, who said he died of natural causes at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Seeger’s career carried him from singing at labor rallies to the Top 10 to college auditoriums to folk festivals, and from a conviction for contempt of Congress (after defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in the ’50s) to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama. “My job,” he said in 2009, “is to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.” - New York Times

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PETE SEEGER AND BIG BILL BROONZY
Evanston 1956 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; October 25, 1956. Very good to excellent Pre-FM.

Thanks to arfarf for sharing the tracks at Lossless Legs.

arfarf noted:

Some songs from this tape (12 tracks) MIGHT have been released on the long OOP Verve-Folkways album FV-9008 “Pete Seeger & Big Bill Broonzy In Concert” (which lists the same venue and year, but not the exact date). If so, Moe Asch of Folkways might have taken excerpts from this tape and released them with or without permission (just as he “bootlegged” Woody Guthrie’s RCA Dust Bowl recordings on Folkways)…

This, in my opinion, is one of the best recordings of a complete Pete Seeger concert of the 1950s, with the added bonus of one of the last public performances of blues legend Big Bill Broonzy [who passed away in 1958 at the age of 65] and deserves to be spread and preserved in its entirety. And from where I seed this torrent, even the aforementioned long-out-of-print official album (IF it contains any recordings from this very concert/tape which I was not able to ascertain) has already entered Public Domain…

midnightcafe reviewed a copy of this show in 2007:

There are many thoughts that come to mind when I hear the name Pete Seeger: Socialist, outspoken folkie, encyclopedic knowledge of music worldwide, compatriot to Woody Guthrie, Pinko-Commie, and axe-wielding madman running after an electrified Bob Dylan. It is his love and gift for folk music from around the globe, though, that I hope he will always be remembered.

Listening to Pete Seeger, in concert, is like being with a historian and archaeologist of the world’s music. He seems to know every song ever sung, and to be friends with their writers and singers. He is the soul of America, a true treasure trove of song.
Click here for the full write-up.

Picture of Pete Seeger with Big Bill Broonzy at Circle Pines Center in MI, 1957 by John Glass, posted at berkshirefinearts.com - Thanks!

Source:
Reel to Reel Pre-FM Tape, WFMT-FM, Chicago, IL > trade audio CDs > EAC (no errors) > Flac Frontend (Level 8, align on sector boundaries)

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 0:50 (1.4MB)
Track 102. Midnight Special 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 103. Intro to Backwater Blues 1:52 (3.2MB)
Track 104. Backwater Blues 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 105. Intro to The Frog 1:08 (1.9MB)
Track 106. The Frog 6:33 (11.0MB)
Track 107. Intro to Green Corn 0:46 (1.3MB)
Track 108. Green Corn 2:53 (4.8MB)
Track 109. Intro to This Train 1:32 (2.6MB)
Track 110. This Train 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 111. Intro to Mrs McGrath 1:07 (1.9MB)
Track 112. Mrs McGrath 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 113. Intro to Crawdad Song 1:33 (2.6MB)
Track 114. Crawdad Song 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 115. Talk 8:21 (14.0MB)
Track 116. Intro To Glory Of Love 0:32 (908k)
Track 117. Glory Of Love 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 118. Intro To Kisses Sweeter Than Wine 0:20 (554k)
Track 119. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine 2:53 (4.8MB)
Track 120. Intro to Goofing Off Suite 1:41 (2.8MB)
Track 121. Goofing Off Suite 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 122. Intro to Willie Mae 1:01 (1.7MB)
Track 123. Willie Mae 2:52 (4.8MB)
Track 124. Intro to Bill Bailey 0:32 (902k)
Track 125. Bill Bailey 2:11 (3.7MB)
Track 126. Intro to Alberta 1:17 (2.1MB)
Track 127. Alberta 2:25 (4.1MB)
Track 128. Outro (Intermission) 0:42 (1.2MB)
67 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Deep Blue Sea (fade in) 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 202. Intro to Que Bonita Bandera 0:41 (1.1MB)
Track 203. Que Bonita Bandera 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 204. Intro to Aimee McPherson 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 205. Aimee McPherson 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 206. Intro to Student Songs 0:13 (377k)
Track 207. Student Songs 4:40 (7.8MB)
Track 208. Intro to Ragupati Ragava Rajah Ram 1:27 (2.4MB)
Track 209. Ragupati Ragava Rajah Ram 1:54 (3.2MB)
Track 210. Intro to Black Fly 0:21 (584k)
Track 211. Black Fly 2:16 (3.8MB)
Track 212. Intro to Wimoweh 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 213. Wimoweh 1:59 (3.3MB)
Track 214. Michael Row The Boat Ashore 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 215. Intro to Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad 2:06 (3.5MB)
Track 216. Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 217. Intro to Mama I Saw A Boo-Boo 0:19 (534k)
Track 218. Mama I Saw A Boo-Boo 0:46 (1.3MB)
Track 219. Intro to Ananias 1:26 (2.4MB)
Track 220. Ananias 2:25 (4.1MB)
Track 221. Intro to A Soldier’s Prayer 0:28 (794k)
Track 222. A Soldier’s Prayer 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 223. Intro to John Henry 0:49 (1.4MB)
Track 224. John Henry 5:13 (8.8MB)
Track 225. Come Along With Me (?) 2:55 (4.9MB)
Track 226. Intro to In The Evenin 1:11 (2.0MB)
Track 227. In The Evenin 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 228. Intro to Down By The Riverside 0:36 (1.0MB)
Track 229. Down By The Riverside 6:43 (11.3MB)
67 mins

For a brief introduction to Pete Seeger’s protest songs, this release in 2009, Pete Seeger Now, is a great 2CD resource. There are a total of three Seeger albums (Rainbow Race, Now and Young vs Old) on the two discs which cover 1968 to 1971. Buy it here.

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  1. 14 Responses to “PETE SEEGER R.I.P. 1919-2014”

  2. Thanks for posting this show. God bless Pete.

    By Nick on Jan 29, 2014

  3. Thanks so much, Big O. The world needs more like Pete in these troublesome times…

    By golgo hakase on Jan 29, 2014

  4. Thanks Big O this is much appreciated. I grew up with the folk songs of Pete Seeger and the repertoire of ‘labour’ songs, ‘Joe Hill”If I had a Hammer” ‘Michael Row’, ‘Little Boxes’ et al. He may have upset us younger folk when he turned into the axe wielding reactionary going after our beloved Dylan but we forgave him . . .eventually. A true unique voice amongst the multitude. Sorely missed his kind won’t come again . . .

    By swappers on Jan 29, 2014

  5. Many thanks. And just to share, one of my favorite tracks of his is this live one of the traditional “How Can I Keep From Singing?”, from the 1987 solstice at St. John’s Cathedral. Love how the acoustics wrap around his voice.
    http://www.valley-entertainment.com/genre/world/pete-seeger/solstice-gems.html

    And from about the same time, here he’s playing “Alabama Bound” with Arlo.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFuy5PndBYI

    By Steve MC on Jan 30, 2014

  6. Thanks for posting this, BigO. I’m pretty ignorant of Pete Seeger aside from a sketchy knowledge of Peter Paul and Mary. Delightful and educational as always

    By DanC on Jan 30, 2014

  7. thanks, bigO - a nice tribute!

    I-)

    By I-) on Jan 30, 2014

  8. Seeger maintained that he was upset that Dylan’s instruments were drowning out the lyrics. Are vocals ever buried in the mix?

    By phltr on Jan 30, 2014

  9. Amazing music.Pete &Big Bill.Thank You

    By Enrico on Jan 30, 2014

  10. Thanks BigO for sharing.

    By Mike Rotchertz on Jan 30, 2014

  11. Thanks very much for this!

    By Arun Agnihotri on Feb 1, 2014

  12. Thank you, Big O.
    And rest in peace, Pete, you are bound for glory, like the song says.
    Great sound quality for 1956, and what a fun time.

    By dorgunr on Feb 3, 2014

  13. the howlin’ bros - the 3 piece blues and bluegrass band is on the sun studio sessions program on pbs this saturday the 15th. i have it here after austin city limits. the orig airdate is listed at end of last month. its 30mins long. this is a keeper.

    By darth on Feb 11, 2014

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    By darth on Feb 15, 2014

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