Jim Brown chronicles the life and music of Pete Seeger, the man responsible for reintroducing America to its folk heritage in the 1960s. Apart from rousing young audiences with renditions of old, forgotten songs like “We Shall Overcome” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” Seeger was an outspoken activist and people’s hero in the affable mold of Woody Guthrie. Through interviews, archival footage, and live performance, this iconoclastic, banjo-playing bard comes to foot-stomping life.
Why we love it
Brown’s vibrant tribute to singer-banjoist Seeger is steeped in the social ferment of the sixties, providing an intimate glimpse of the man, then and now, whose consciousness-raising efforts got him branded a communist by McCarthy’s minions. Exclusive chats with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, and many other notables not only clarify the artistic importance of Seeger’s folk-music revivalism but testify to his remarkably gentle and charitable nature. This “Song” will surely lodge in your heart.