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America Is Still Singing Woody Guthrie's Songs

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Woody Guthrie, America's most revered troubadour for social justice, would be 103 years old if he were alive today. He was born on July 14, 1912. Although he died in 1967 at 55, his songs have endured.

Music and Movements: The Tradition Continues

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.

Pete Seeger: Changing the World One Song at a Time

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.06.2013 | Entertainment
John W. Whitehead

Before the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, Jim Hendrix, Bob Dylan and others, there was Pete Seeger. With his five-string banjo in hand, Seeger helped to lay the foundation for American protest music.

Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Today is Pete Seeger's 93rd birthday. What's an appropriate gift for the most influential folk artist of the 20th century? A few years ago some of Pete's fans launched a campaign to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. It is time to resurrect that effort.

Remembering Bess Lomax Hawes

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Throughout her life, Bess Lomax Hawes was a political radical who fought for a better future, but who also understood the importance of preserving the many cultural traditions of America's past.