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Saturday May 5, 2007: Pete Seeger turns 88 & who else can't sing at Walter Reed

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Pete Seeger turned 88 this week:
May 3rd is the birthday of folk singer Pete Seeger, who was born  in 1919.  (FYI James Brown - the same day  in 1933)

On our archives site  is part of a Pacifica Radio Archive featuring conversation of actor and Director Tim

Robbins and Pete Seeger recorded at Pete's log cabin in July 2006.  It is a formidable social and political history woven with folk music. ,
Pacifica Archive workers have brilliantly edited this work  which merits status of inclusion in the best tv history documentaries, or musical history class.

Part 1 (59:00):Ry Cooder introduces the first hour of the program that looks at Pete Seeger's life from 1938 through 1952 and his work with The

Part 2 (59:00): 1952-present. The second hour follows Pete's journey through including his ongoing struggle with blacklisters and censors.
Covered is  his epic battle with the House Un-American Activities
Committee HUAC, his influence on new musicians in the
1960's, his anti-war stance in Vietnam, and his work in the environmental movement.
 Pete says "were gonna make it together or we are not going to make it at all"

We are about to hear that hour, and I will be following that with, who may be beofree the HUAC or unable to sing at walter reed.
For copies call  1 800 735 0230 or

Others banned for singing?
Girl banned from singing `Kumbaya' at camp
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The,  Aug 14, 2000  / A Press Monday, August 14, 2000

North Port, Fla. -- An 8-year-old girl was banned from singing the campfire favorite "Kumbaya" at her day-camp after talent show organizers said it violated their ban on religious songs because it repeats the word Lord.
Samantha Schultz had practiced the song for a week but was banned from singing it Friday at the North Port Boys & Girls Club talent show.
Bill Sadlo, director of operations for the club, about 50 miles south of Tampa, said he was concerned parents would complain if children went home and said they heard a religious song at the non- sectarian camp. "We don't want to take the chance of a child offending another child's religion," Sadlo said.
"I learned that song in Girl Scouts, not in church," said Pam Schultz, Samantha's mother. "It's a campfire song, for goodness' sake."
Sadlo agreed the staff should have informed the girl earlier and apologized to the family. "We just can't allow any religious songs," said Randy Bouck, the local club's director.
Pupils at St Leonard’s Church of England school in Exeter, Devon, have been banned from singing John Lennon’s Imagine.
The song was to be part of the school’s Songs for a Green Earth show. But it was deemed “anti-religious” and scratched, replaced by something called The Building Song.
The school’s headmaster Geoff Williams ruled that the words are unsuitable.  “As a church school, we decided it was not appropriate... We are a church school and believe God is the foundation of all we do.”   And Lennon’s lyrics (“Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try, No hell below us etc.) are not in keeping with religious principles.
Amother of one of the would-be singers call the ruling “nonsense”. Jerry Goldman of the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, says Imagine is a song of “peace and love”.

Folk news:  WASHINGTON (AP) -- Folk singer and anti-war activist Joan Baez was barred from performing for recovering
soldiers recently at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Rocker John Mellencamp had asked her to perform with him .
"I have always been an advocate for nonviolence and I have stood as firmly against the Iraq war as I did the Vietnam War 40 years ago,"
she wrote. "I realize now that I might have contributed to a better  welcome home for those soldiers fresh from Vietnam. Maybe that's why I
didn't hesitate to accept the invitation to sing for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In the end, four days before the concert, I was not
'approved' by the Army to take part. Strange irony."

Folk Plus Hour Two:  Who probably can't sing at Walter Reed either:

Joan Baez -  Fishing
Gone From Danger - Guardian

Guilt by association (covered on the same release) :

Richard Shindell -  Reunion Hill  428
Reunion Hill - Shanachie

Work o' the Weavers - Wasn't That A Time 255
We're Still HEre - World Wind

Dar Williams - Beautiful Enemy 311
My Better Self - Razor and Tie

John McCutcheon - The List
Hail to the Chief -

Jen Cass - Dear Mr. President 403
Accidental Pilgimage -

Si Kahn - When the War is Done 223
We're Still Here -

Eliza Gilkyson- Man of God 427
Paradise Hotel - Red House

Jay Mankita -  They Lied  435
Dogs Are wwatching Us -

Emma's Revolution- Bound for Freedom
One -

They will be playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse June 3rd to honor the life of Maris Hearn who passed away this year.
Maris was a warrior for the underdog, woman, free speach and much more. Her show on WJFF was "gumbo shop"

Chuck Brodsky - He Came to Our Time
Last of the Old Time - Red House

Holy Near - No More Genocide
And Still We Sing - Calico Tracks

Pete Seeger w/ Billy Bragg, Ani Defranco..
Bring 'Em Home - Seeds - Appleseed

Amy Martin - Its About Oil

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