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Born into folk music's first family, Peggy Seeger has blazed her own trail artistically and personally. Jean Freedman draws on a wealth of research and conversations with Seeger to tell the life story of one of music's most charismatic performers and tireless advocates. Here is the story of Seeger's multifaceted career, from her youth to her pivotal role in the American an ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published February 3rd 2017 by University of Illinois Press
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Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love and Politics by Jean R. Freedman is the first biography of folk musician Peggy Seeger.

The Seegers are famous as musicians and musicologists. Peggy was half sister to Pete Seeger the famous banjo-strumming political troubadour, and sister of Mike Seeger who specialized in 'old time ' country music of the rural South.

Their father Charles was a folk music scholar and collector, taught at University of Berkeley, and was responsible for creating the first musicol
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jean R. Freedman's book, "Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love and Politics" was a wonderful books to learn about the musical "Seeger Family" in. I thought how it was so interesting how she was influenced by her older step-brother, Pete, and by her mother Ruth Crawford Seeger. It was also interested to know that Peggy's was a "Daddy's Girl," and that she continued in the family's shoes when she quit college and became consumed in the Folk Music world playing both American and English folk songs. ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jean Freedman's biography of Peggy Seeger will surely be the definitive book about this remarkable lady. In a nutshell, it's a truly astonishing story. To give this review some context, I'm not familiar with most of her music or her life story. I knew she was married to Ewan McColl and that Pete Seeger was her brother. I enjoy learning about the people behind music and events and without a shadow of a doubt, Peggy Seeger is inspirational and highly under rated for a whole raft of reasons. I've e ...more
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I have to admit while I know a few of Peggy Seeger's songs, prior to reading this book I knew more about her husband Ewan MacColl and her brother Pete Seeger, and I felt a bit bad about it. I'm a huge fan of folk music and Peggy as a person wasn't someone I really tried to find more information about. So I was thrilled to be given a chance to read her biography through Goodreads. It gives you information on her parents first, so you understand where she got her love
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
My relationship with folk music started as a small child. A family relative who was a major Dylan fan tried to inculcate me into the political correctness and hippy coolness that was the 60's folk scene. I became aware of Pete Seeger through this indoctrination.

My opinion of Pete Seeger mirrors how my mind changed as I grew from young tot to middle aged housewife. When I was young he was my favorite folksinger. He was cute, friendly and grandfatherly. He sang cool songs I could understand like
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very competent, well-researched biography that covers the life and work of Peggy Seeger in great detail, and sympathetically portrays Peggy herself and her family and friends. As a biography it can’t really be faulted, although on a personal level I found there was a bit too much on her songs. I’m sure that isn’t a problem for anyone for whom the music is paramount but I did skip a few pages now and then. That however, doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the book and I’m sure this will ...more
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