I came to this book as a huge Pete Seeger fan. I can’t count the number of times I saw him perform. The first time I was a young child, maybe 5 or 6 yI came to this book as a huge Pete Seeger fan. I can’t count the number of times I saw him perform. The first time I was a young child, maybe 5 or 6 years old and my mother brought me to see him perform at U.C. Berkeley. He was singing for young kids like me. I saw him at many venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, including at least 3 times at the free summer Stern Grove Festival. I adore the man and I adore the music and the activism behind much of it. I also love his silly and otherwise humorous songs.
I did learn some things about Pete from this book and I want to read more. Because of the length of the text here, so much about Pete’s life was not covered, even though it’s a very text heavy picture book. Pete Seeger talked a lot during performances, some about himself, mostly about the issues.
As I read this book, I sang the songs in my head.
I think this book will be most appreciated by older kids, and adults, but particularly people who know the songs. If readers/listeners are not familiar with the songs, they should be played in order to better understand the man and this book.
There are more resources in the back and I will be checking them out!
This book didn’t quite give me the Pete Seeger fix that I needed. Perhaps a longer biography would, but I suspect it’s only his songs that will do the trick. Thank goodness for them, and for my memories of their context. I’m sad that there will be no more. We really need him NOW. I’d love so much to hear some new songs by him about the current state of affairs. I know he’d be brilliant and would galvanize me and others to take even more actions than we are now. He was a great man.
As I said, this might be a good book for young fans of Pete Seeger (but they MUST know his music) and it’s a great introductory book for would be activists, students of social history and environmental science, etc.
The illlustrations’ art style wasn’t my favorite but I ended up liking it well enough, and I appreciated the (too few) photos of Pete Seeger. I’d have been even happier having this book be full of photos, but I know there are other places to see photos....more
I guess I’m over the 60s, even though compared to now there is much on which to look back fondly.
It might be because I “wasn’t ready” for 1967 until 1I guess I’m over the 60s, even though compared to now there is much on which to look back fondly.
It might be because I “wasn’t ready” for 1967 until 1969 or so, but the nostalgia of the era just doesn’t move me as much as I’d expected.
I’d gone to the museum exhibit and was surprised to feel so underwhelmed.
I decided to read the catalog and then return to the exhibit, perhaps appreciating it more after reading the book. (I actually didn’t read the entire book but I looked carefully at every page and skimmed the essays I didn’t carefully read.)
Okay, as early as 1967 I loved the posters and buttons, and there are a lot of good quotes and photos in here, from people of interest, including those in whom I have or had interest.
I continue to enjoy much of the music.
I still like some of the art, fashion, posters, buttons, although not anywhere as much as I did then.
I’m glad some of the negatives are included. In both the exhibit and the book photos of the missing persons (kids who ran away to San Francisco who had disappeared from their family’s lives and were being sought) are shown. They look so young.
So, other than the known celebrities I did search photos for people I might have known, but I would have needed a strong magnifier for most.
I was living in San Francisco at the time but spent much of that summer in Los Angeles. I do remember circa 1967 going across the Golden Gate Bridge to buy posters and buttons in Sausalito, remember listening to the music, remembering embracing some of the philosophy, etc. but I didn’t hang out in the Haight nor was I fully aware of “the movement” until 1968 or 1969. I was slow, and young.
I’m just not that wowed by the material any more. It’s a good look into history but even there something was lacking for me, and so many pages didn’t interest me at all. 2 ½ stars rounded up because of the attempt it makes and because it is an interesting subject. I’m curious about how other readers feel and think about this book’s contents and presentation. ...more