Pete Seeger: The Storm King: Stories, Narratives, Poems: Spoken Word Set to a World of Music Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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)
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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!
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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.
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I love Pete and the Storm King audio book!!
Pete died last night, January 27, 2014. But, Pete never shall leave us, for, the greatest balladeer of all time has recorded hundreds of songs, several of which he wrote, or co-wrote, and nurtured Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan.
Still, of all his works it is Pete Seeger: The Storm King: that I think is a most awesome project. Sometimes, the written word cannot fully capture the essence of a person's intended meaning. Sometimes, you want to hear him or her. But even better yet, you want to hear them speaking off-the-cuff or shooting from the hip, so you can get the fullest measure of their thinking, of their heart and soul.
Pete Seeger: The Storm King: captures the real Pete Seeger better than any other attempt ever could even hope to.
This offering, Pete Seeger: The Storm King: Stories, Narratives, Poems is a classic that should be in every library, public and private, throughout all the English-speaking world.
Pete, you remain a real American hero. This land is your land, this land is my land...God be with you, for you were a true apostle always.
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