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Pete Seeger

How Progressives Should Celebrate Flag Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture -- including many of the leading symbols and songs -- was created by people with decidedly progressive sympathies. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Influential Folk Singer Ronnie Gilbert Dies

AP | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Singer Ronnie Gilbert, a member of the influential 1950s folk quartet the Weavers, has died. She was 88. Gilbert died of...

The Singer

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.11.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Music to Soothe the Lonesome Traveler

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

We learn a little bit about the lives of each of these singers and writers, and what inspired them to write what they did, some literally lifting old songs that were long part of musical history and updating them for the time

Peter, Paul and Theo in Concert and Discussion

Brad Schreiber | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

When Andrea Grossman of Writers Bloc booked Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey from the folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary and Theodore Bikel to boot, it was more than a concert and discussion.

Is There a Croesus Complex?

Francis Levy | Posted 04.22.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

No matter how much credit card debt you retire, you may still suffer from bigger problems than just money or love. For example, you might be suffering from the kind of existential anxiety that comes from the realization that God is Dead.

Valentine's Day: 20 Stories on Love, Chocolate, Roses, Secrets, Bromance, Breakups and Diamonds

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

For Valentine's Day, we dug through the Democracy Now! archives to bring you these 20 stories. 1. Love Has No Color Just two years ago, a group of...

Redemption Road: Chatting with Tom Paxton, Howard Jones, Martin Sexton, Chadwick Stokes and Erik Deutsch

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The one thing we can be sure of is that it will come from some place unexpected and from no one we've ever heard of before. It just doesn't move along in nice, orderly ways. Like everybody else, I feel a lack of social commitment in young artists, but I'm not about to criticize them.

At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Pete's fingers can strum no longer, but, thanks to him, people around the world can have many "singing tomorrows."

Saying Goodbye, and Hello to 2015

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Fran Moreland Johns

My friend M has died, just shy of the old year's end and significantly decreasing the joy of the new. But her dying was full of life lessons about saying goodbye, being grateful and trying to ring in a better planet for the days ahead.

The Christmas Hope: A To-Do List for a Better World

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Each year, I wish for the same things -- an end to war, poverty, hunger, violence and disease -- and each year, I find the world relatively unchanged. Millions continue to die every year, casualties of a world that places greater value on war machines and profit margins than human life.

My 50 Favorite Books of 2014

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This is not a "50 best books of 2014" list. It is my personal and idiosyncratic list of books I found interesting and/or fun to read (or in a few cases, re-read) and that I think others will enjoy, too.

Milestones: Marking Way Stations on the Journey

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

I never met Mr. Seeger, but in my journey as a writer, I've been privileged to meet and befriend other artists. Two of them, Malcolm Guite and Steve Bell, are national treasures in their native England and Canada respectively. Both are musicians and poets -- and both are marking milestones just now.

The Lost Audience: Adventures in Ethnomusicology

Hank Bordowitz | Posted 09.24.2014 | Fifty
Hank Bordowitz

I have always had somewhat Catholic tastes that encompassed Pete Seeger to Pete Townshend, the Sex Pistols to Sunny Ade. I used to have to explain this, but now it seems expected of me. Then and now, all of this is bound together.

I Wore a "Free Palestine" T-Shirt to the Pete Seeger Tribute Concert at Lincoln Center

Alan Singer | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Pete Seeger died in January 2104 at the age of 94. Seeger was a pioneer in the modern folk music revival as well as lifetime political activist involv...

Seegerfest at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts
Steve Rosenbaum

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Finally a Huge And Magical "First Time Ever" Musical Event, and You Can Be There

Jerry Ashton | Posted 09.10.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Wouldn't it be better -- this time 0- to be able to look back and say "I'm glad that I was there," rather than, "I wish..."

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.

Daily Meditation: By The Riverside

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Preserving the 'Working Class' Identity

Joseph A. McCartin | Posted 06.29.2014 | DC
Joseph A. McCartin

Many Americans don't like to acknowledge the existence of a working class. In such an environment, the preservation of working class identity and labor culture requires conscious, intentional effort.

Across Race, Generation: Pete Seeger and Ending Poverty

Pam McMichael | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Pam McMichael

Pete Seeger knew the power of song. Through it, he influenced generations of people across the country and world.

My Vinyl Offer

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

I figured that I'd never bond with my daughters over music. But something happened a few months ago that may have turned the tables -- literally.

Daily Meditation: Seasons Turn

Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Two Tales From the Tavern Infuse Hope, Faith and Remembrance: Sara Lee Guthrie Johnny Irion and Jeffrey Faucault

LuxEco Living | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
LuxEco Living

By Nancy Chuda Santa Ynez California Courtesy of Jeremy Ball A Magical Night! Tales from the Tavern at the Maverick Saloon was a mixture of mus...

Pete Seeger and the Power of Singing out Against Climate Change

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

This is the text of my testimony presented to the EPA this week on its proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants: I've traveled from N...