Monday, July 16, 2012

The King of Folk Music

It is a rare circumstance for a legendary musician and activist to have the foresight to write his own biography in the twilight of his life. Lucky for us, the illustrious Pete Seeger has done just that with his new book, aptly titled Pete Seeger: His Life, in His Own Words. Mr. Seeger is a figurehead of the American Folk music movement, defining the genre with his songwriting, and exemplifying the tradition of protest music intertwined with activism. He wielded his music for justice, peace and patriotism. He is an American treasure, and we're honored to host him at the Bryant Park Reading Room sponsored by HSBC this Wednesday, along with the co-editors of his new book, Rob and Sam Rosenthal.

Visitors will also be treated to a musical performance by another music legend. Fellow activist, David Amram, known as the composer of countless movie scores and orchestral works, will perform a special tribute for the occasion of Seeger's book release. Seeger and Amram collobarated throughout their careers, as their politics united them through music. Expect some folk classics, like "If I Had a Hammer," or "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?".

Not familiar with Seeger? Get a primer with the trailer for this documentary that came out about him in 2007.

Word for Word Author
Wednesdays, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 16 - August 22
Bryant Park Reading Room sponsored by HSBC

And don't forget to check-in to Bryant Park on Foursquare for the chance to win a free copy of Seeger's book.

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