We Shall Overcome: Pete Seeger Celebrates His 90th on DVD

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Here's the gift for the hip old-timers on your list...you really like them but don't have a clue what to get them. It's Pete Seeger, singing along with all his friends. In his case, friends means Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Paxton, Billy Bragg, Taj Mahal, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Steve Earle and Oscar the Grouch.

Come gather 'round people, wherever you roam, all your ageing hippie/leftie/folkie relatives and friends will recognise the names and songs from their murky past. Songs sung at protests and demonstrations and sit-ins, and probably in Copenhagen right now, all together in one great concert, recorded in honour of Seeger's 90th (!) birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Image from sexualityinart.wordpress.com: A younger Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger is one of music's "most revered artists; a man known for his poignant protest songs and social activism, from the fight for racial equality to labour rights and world peace."

Starting with the famous civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" , he has written the music to many well-known songs including "Where have all the flowers gone" and "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" (with the Weavers) along with others such as "All my Trials" and "Joe Hill ", "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

The words to "Turn! Turn! Turn!" remain relevant to this day:

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

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The DVD sales profits are being used towards restoring the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a non-profit environmental advocacy and education organization founded by Pete Seeger and others over forty years ago. It is dedicated to protecting the Hudson River and creating new environmental leaders.

The boat is a floating classroom on the Hudson River, which teaches people about the ecology of the Hudson River. It was among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct
science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship. The Clearwater's environmental education programmes now serve more than 15,000 students and their teachers annually. The group has helped push for passage of the landmark Clean Water Act and fight for removal of toxic PCB's from the Hudson.

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