Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – Jan. 27, 2014) helped introduce America to its own musical heritage, devoting his life to using the power of song as a force for social change. Standing strong for deeply-held beliefs, Seeger went from the top of the pop charts to the top of the blacklist and was banned […]
From Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories: The story of two skyscrapers, a tin brass goose and a tin brass goat, a long distance train, and the Northwest Wind.
Watch fourteen outtakes from Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound, including performances by Joan and interviews with Joan and Steve Earle.
The year 2008 was a landmark year for Joan Baez, marking 50 years since she began her legendary residency at Boston’s famed Club 47. She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable—marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for […]
In the summer of 1958, Joan Chandos Baez, a 17-year old high school graduate (by the skin of her teeth) moved with her family — her parents Albert and Joan, older sister Pauline and younger sister Mimi — from Palo Alto to Boston. They drove cross-country with the Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley” all over the […]
Aaron Copland was one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century. By incorporating popular forms of American music such as jazz and folk into his compositions, he created pieces both exceptional and innovative. As a spokesman for the advancement of indigenous American music, Copland made great strides in liberating it from […]
by Horace Clarence Boyer This essay originally appeared as the introduction to a Sweet Honey in the Rock songbook. INTRODUCTION On February 28, 1927 in Memphis, Tennessee, the blind sanctified singer Mamie Forehand recorded a refrain based on Psalm 81:16. In this passage of scripture the poet and musician King David advised his people that […]