The Protest Singer by Alec Wilkinson
An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger

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A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger.
 
Throughout his life, Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation, and nuclear weapons. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, Alec Wilkinson delivers a first hand look at Seeger's unique blend of independence and commitment, charm, courage, energy, and belief in human equality and American democracy. We see Seeger as a  child, instilled with a love of music by his parents; as a teenager, hearing real folk music for the first time; as a young adult, singing with Woody Guthrie. And finally, Seeger the man marching with the Rev. Martin Luther King in Selma, standing up to McCarthyism, and fighting for his beloved Hudson River. The gigantic life captured in this slender volume is truly an American anthem.


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About Alec Wilkinson

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Alec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980. Before that he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that he was a rock-and-roll musician. He has published nine other books-two memoirs, two collections of essays, three biographical portraits, and two pieces of reporting-most of which first appeared in The New Yorker. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
 
Published April 18, 2009 by Vintage. 178 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Veteran New Yorker contributor Wilkinson (The Happiest Man in the World: An Account of the Life of Poppa Neutrino, 2007, etc.) here expands a magazine profile of Seeger, who turns 90 this May. The musician asked the journalist to pen a book that could be read in one sitting, and we see a pleasing...

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In his latest book, New Yorker writer Wilkinson (The Happiest Man in the World ) gives due praise to the influential American

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In his latest book, New Yorker writer Wilkinson (The Happiest Man in the World ) gives due praise to the influential American singer Pete Seeger, who humbly told his biographer that “what's needed is a book that can be read in one sitting.” It is just such a spirit of humility that emerges from ...

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In August 1955 the House Un-American Activities Committee summoned folk singer Pete Seeger to testify about important matters of national security.

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Christian Science Monitor

Pete Seeger is one of those iconic American names – like Johnny Appleseed or Paul Bunyan – that evokes more legend than man.

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My purpose, Pete Seeger explained last year, chopping wood at his New York cabin, "is in trying to get people to realize that there may be no human race by the end of the century unless we find ways to talk to people we deeply disagree with."

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“What’s needed is a book that can be read in one sitting.” This extended profile—the hardcover is actually based on a piece Wilkinson wrote for the New Yorker—takes as its focus Seeger the man.

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Oprah.com

Women used to sing lullabies to their children.' It's been my lifework, to get participation, whether it's a union song, or a peace song, civil rights, or a women's movement, or gay liberation.

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Like Attorney General John Mitchell with Nixon, Samson has been a calming influence on Christie and his henchmen, one of the few “grey hairs” Christie listens to.

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specifically, Kennedy accused Bork of executing the president’s “unconscionable assignment” of firing Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and said Bork contributed to “one of the darkest chapters for the rule of law in American history.” Bork’s Watergate moment offered significant basis f...

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And when the FBI asked to examine Clinton’s server to determine whether her emails contained any information that was or ought to have been classified, her attorneys turned it over immediately.

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