First Time Ever by Peggy Seeger
A Memoir

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At a time when digital hustlers burble forth about disruption and accelerated obsolescence, it’s all the more wonderful to read Seeger write about tenderness and tenacity, value and vitality, culture and continuity...
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"A quirky, unique, and fabulously memorable memoir." - STARRED Kirkus Reviews


"Like the singer herself, Seeger’s prose is fluid and sharp, intimate yet measured. In a memoir profuse with exacting detail, Seeger recalls the heady days when folk music ruled and shares the innermost doubts and delights of a woman who never shied away from life or love.” - Booklist


Peggy Seeger is one of folk music’s most influential artists and songwriters. Born in New York City in 1935, she enjoyed a childhood steeped in music and left-wing politics – they remain her lifeblood. After college, she traveled to Russia and China – against US advice – before arriving in London, where she met the man with whom she would raise three children and share the next thirty-three years: Ewan MacColl. Together, they helped lay the foundations of the British folk revival, through the influential Critics Group and the landmark BBC Radio Ballads series. And as Ewan’s muse, she inspired one of the twentieth century’s most popular love songs, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".

With a clear eye and generous spirit, Peggy writes of a roller-coaster life – of birth and abortion, sex and infidelity, devotion and betrayal – in a luminous, beautifully realized account.
 

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Published October 3, 2017 by Faber & Faber. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 22 2017

...this free-spirited recollection of eight decades steeped in joy, sorrow, and harrowing tragedy celebrates Seeger’s experiences while reveling in the free-spirited “Of-Course-Why-Not” philosophy that has governed her life. It’s a remarkable life story well told.

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Reviewed by Sukhdev Sandhu on Dec 27 2017

At a time when digital hustlers burble forth about disruption and accelerated obsolescence, it’s all the more wonderful to read Seeger write about tenderness and tenacity, value and vitality, culture and continuity...

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