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Pete Seeger: The Storm King: Stories, Narratives, Poems: Spoken Word Set to a World of Music [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Pete Seeger , Jeff Haynes

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April 16 2013
Gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music!

Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems-set to new music created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, and Native American Music, Pete's wisdom and stories out to new audiences and into a new technological age.

Each piece is unique in sound and emotion and also in how it came together. Jeff Haynes, world-renowned percussionist and producer, has worked closely with Pete to create something spectacular - weaving Pete's words to the music of artists from around the world who would not otherwise have shared a stage with Pete but who have been deeply influenced by him.

The result is astounding.

"It brings out things in my words that I never knew before." -Pete Seeger

"Pete's still finding the hope and planting the seeds . . . and keeping us invigorated in our own best intentions."
-Dar Williams

Listen to a story here: https://soundcloud.com/hachetteaudio/peteseegerstormkingtoshi

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"Pete Seeger and percussionist/producer Haynes present one of the most original and inspired audiobooks of the last decade with this collection of stories, songs, music, and musings, straight from the mouth and mind of the legendary folk musician himself. Seeger's words are blended with a variety of world music in what amounts to an unforgettable and groundbreaking listen. As a narrator, Seeger's tone is raw, edgy, and, at times, visceral, as he recounts his life and times. Seeger captures listener attention from the very beginning and never lets go. A must-listen for fans."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Pete Seeger is a towering figure in American culture. His contributions can be counted in the millions of children who grew up singing his songs of peace and hope and in the numerous human rights, social and environmental issues his deeds and music have helped to advance. He has regularly been put forth as an obvious candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize, while he also spent 17 years in the shadows of the witch-hunting McCarthy era after being blacklisted. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to the American folk music revival and for writing the hits: Where Have All the Flowers Gone? and Turn, Turn, Turn!

A masterful musician and a commanding spokesman, what makes Pete most remarkable is that throughout his long life-and even still at age 92-he's remained true to his passions and principles. In fact, his dedication has only grown stronger and deeper relative to the challenges he and our country have faced-his personal stories bearing witness to some of our past century's most scaring and triumphant historic events.

Pete first began working with Jeff Haynes during the recording sessions for the 2009 Grammy award-winning CD, Tomorrow's Children. After 45 sessions, Pete and Jeff had an award winning CD and hearty friendship. During these sessions, Pete would come early to Jeff's studio and share his life stories. Jeff was inspired, turned on the mic, and began recording these amazing stories, narratives and poems.

Jeff Haynes is a Grammy award winning, world-renowned percussionist who has toured with everyone from the Pat Metheny Group, Al Jarreau and Boney James to Harry Belafonte and Peabo Bryson. His chops can be heard on over 100 CDs. His versatility and mastery, as a seasoned percussionist, were part of the rhythmic force supporting the legendary Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and the celebrated Cassandra Wilson, Chaka Khan, Aimee Mann, Brian Blade and Glen Hansard.

As a composer and producer Jeff has a gift for bringing just the right performing artist and instrumentation to production each composition. Jeff is the founder and President of Komunyaka Music, Inc, a multi-faceted music production company offering percussion based workshops featuring professional storytellers, spoken word artists, dancers, and musicians. Like Pete, Jeff spends time in the schools teaching children music. Jeff works with students across the tri-state area on a drumming and spoken word program. Jeff has spent the last three and a half years producing the music for this project.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories by the legendary Seeger - with music backing that - sometimes- adds to it, sometimes not April 21 2013
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Last May - at the large "Book Expo America"- I picked up an advertising card for this "audio book" and anxiously awaited its release. All I knew was that it was the legendary folk icon, Pete Seeger, talking with music from over 70 musicians. Well, now it's out and I've had a chance to hear the project and I must say it is unlike ANYTHING that Pete has done in the past. In fact, I can't think of any "audiobook" project I've heard before. That said, I think this is something those who love the soon-to-be 94-year old Seeger will want to hear, but they need to be prepared as well. During the 2  hours on the two CDs you will some songs, but none of them are sung by Pete. But you will hear him telling stories (some familiar, like that of the little boy Abiyoyo ) and many not (the story behind "Tzena Tzena"; how he met his devoted wife Toshi). He talks about Elizabeth (Libba) Cotton, the composer of "Freight Train" and his involvement with fellow American icons Martin Luther King and Woody Guthrie.
Project Producer (and musician) Jeff Haynes, took Seeger's recently recorded narration and had musicians like new-age composer and artist Will Ackerman and percussionist Samite add varying musical backgrounds to the 24 stories. The music ranges from bluegrass to jazz at folk. And there are some vocals sung but, again, not by Seeger.
While I support this project - heck anytime Seeger talks, I listen - I often found the music a bit distracting, rather than supporting his stories. When they were used BETWEEN Pet's words, they worked better for me than when they were behind his voice. Pete has always had a particular cadence to his speaking (and singing too) and when the music styles changed from track to track they were sometimes at odds to his voice.
I'm giving this set four stars but still recommend it to ALL who know Seeger's work. I'm not sure it will draw in those who aren't Pete fans but there are more than enough of them out there, and the capturing of his fascinating stories, that I'm sure he'll be up for a Spoken Word Grammy nomination next year; another feather in is cap.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete's soul full storytelling and music from artists of the world, entwined May 14 2013
By Anne Kearns - Published on Amazon.com
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Pete's resonant voice draws me in to his heartfelt stories - snippets of his life and insights from 94 years of really living. The music surrounding each story reflects the story's importance and creates a natural combination!! Story telling is an old art form and Pete "owns" it. Tell me another story, Pete. I'll listen forever.

I love Pete and the Storm King audio book!!

Anne Kearns
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend May 5 2013
By Steve Siegelbaum - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a fabulous collection of narratives, stories, poems and music. Hearing Pete Seeger telling his stories about his family history and life experiences in this format, is engaging and heartfelt. Highly recommend.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcends Delightful April 19 2013
By Frank S. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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Loving the "Storm King" It's quite an extraordinary recording. The un-initiated will be ushered to a front row seat on a most sundry musical experience and whisked into the throne room of one of the world's premiere storyteller-activist "Pete Seeger-The Storm King". This CD is set in an innovative audio environment lushly painted from the brush and palette of producer Jeff Haynes. Jeff himself is an accomplished albeit underrated percussionist who has the enviable advantage of experience. He has accompanied and recorded with some of the world's finest musicians. Rounding off this project are Dar Williams, Ralph Stanley, Will Ackerman, Samite and others each of whom make substantial contributions to this production. This project summons fond memories of listening to stories as a boy from people or a variety of shows heard over the radio (an essential skill since the radio at one time, was the medium for our music and narratives-a time when our brain processed stories and produced personalized video aka memories for each experience). I've said enough, I can't listen to it for you. You'll have to do this for yourself so I strongly urge you to step outside of the box (what you customarily do) and listen! I really, really like this a lot.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond my expectations May 24 2013
By Lisa R Kane - Published on Amazon.com
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I had tears in my eyes the entire time. What a beautiful recording. I will Treasure it always. Pete Seeger is my hero.

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