Tag: folk music

Bernie Sanders Made Folk Music Album in 1987

Fiery Independent Socialist Sings Seeger and Guthrie Songs August 4, 2015 – Bernie Sanders, the fiery Independent Socialist from Vermont that is currently running for for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 Presidential election, recorded a folk music album back in 1987 singing great social-activist  folk songs from the greats such as Pete Seeger and Woody […]

Park Ranger Bobby Fulcher Saves Mountain Music

THOUSANDS OF LYRIC SHEETS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND RECORDINGS PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS In another one of our installments of “Cool Things the Government and Government Employees Can Do” (along with the Marshall Plan and the TVA), Tennessee Park Ranger Bobby Fulcher has made it his mission to collect, assemble, and preserve Appalachian Mountain Music artifacts and […]

American Folk Music Legend and Great-Grandpa Musical-Activist Pete Seeger Passes

JAN 28, 2014 – JTMP is in shock and in mourning today, for we woke up to the news that we lost American folk music legend and Great Grandpa Musical Activist that started it all, Pete Seeger. Pete is a personal inspiration, for I attend a "Sing Out Jam Out" folk music circle (find one on MeetUp.com!), and we use the "Rise Up Singing" song book that he helped out with and contains many of his songs. His passing will affect millions and he will have an impact on America and the world for years to come.

Pete was born in New York in 1919, and died in New York in 2014, at the age of 94. His musical career started in the 1940s and 1950s and he enjoyed a successful musical career, and even performed with the band the Weavers, who were blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He is considered by many to have started the activist folk music scene in the 1960s, and Pete and his music became a staple of protests and rallies from the 1960s to today.

JTMP joins the mourning of the passing and celebration of the life of the American activist folk music legend, Pete Seeger. Below is Pete and the Weavers reunited for a concert at Carnegie Hall singing the folk classic, "Wimoweh", or "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and read about this amazing man on NPR.org here. Rest in Peace Pete, we will carry on the struggle for civil rights!  (photo credit: LOC/CC)

Woody Guthrie Play “Woody Sez” Highlights Music and Activism

SEP 12, 2013 – A new play called "Woody Sez", portraying the music and activism of the legendary activist-musician Woody Guthrie, is being put on by the Cleveland Play House. It is directed by Nick Corley and David M. Lutken, and features all his great songs such as "This Land is Your Land", "The Ballad of Tom Joad", and "Bound For Glory" to name just a few. To read a review on the production, as well as an interview with the director Nick Corley and more information about the show, check out News-Herald.com here.