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Let your voice be heard : the life and times of Pete Seeger, Anita Silvey

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Let your voice be heard : the life and times of Pete Seeger
Title
Let your voice be heard
Title remainder
the life and times of Pete Seeger
Statement of responsibility
Anita Silvey
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Pete Seeger was an internationally honored folk musician and political radical who devoted his life to furthering humanitarian causes and getting people to sing. This biography traces his musical career, including the period when he was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and the growth of his conviction that freedom and justice had to be defended and that the power of song could be used to fight back when these ideals were threatened
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Review
  • Gr 5–7—Silvey traces the influences and happenings that would take Pete Seeger, born to classical musician parents, from a place of wealth down to the union halls, small towns, and never-ending crusade against injustice. Seeger is shown learning from the likes of Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie and coming to understand economic inequality, workers' rights, and civil rights. To bring the message of folk music and peace to a greater audience became Seeger's—and by extension this book's—quest. Through personal interviews, as well as primary source materials, Silvey creates a flowing biography for the middle school audience. She succeeds in portraying the strength of the singer's convictions, even in the face of adversity, which included a 10-year persecution by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Each chapter begins with a verse from Seeger's repertoire of music—some original and others renditions of traditional songs. VERDICT The subject is presented in such a way that readers will feel close to Seeger and be inspired to pursue more information on him and the causes he fought for.—Sharon M. Lawler, formerly at Randolph Elementary, Randolph AFB, TX --Sharon M. Lawler (Reviewed 07/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 7, p102)
  • In her admiring portrait of Pete Seeger (1919–2014), Silvey (Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall) presents clearly the folk singer and activist’s passionate commitment to music and social justice. After a privileged upbringing and two years at Harvard, Seeger “acquired an encyclopedic repertoire of folk songs” while working at the Archive of American Folk Song. He began playing banjo with Woody Guthrie in 1940 and devoted his life to singing for causes he considered just: organized labor, civil rights, and environmental and antiwar campaigns. After establishing Seeger’s success as a singer, Silvey devotes a chapter to his commitment to the environment (specifically, cleaning up the Hudson River), then jumps from the early 1970s to the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. Silvey provides well-supported, well-rounded context for Seeger’s moral stances, personal life (including his wife’s supportive role as his manager), and enduring claim to folk-song fame with such influential contributions as “Abiyoyo,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “Guantanamera,” “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore,” and “We Shall Overcome.” Archival photographs, source notes, and a bibliography are included. Ages 10–12. (Aug.)■ --Staff (Reviewed 05/30/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 22, p)
  • Silvey examines the life of Pete Seeger, whose folk music and social activism brought both worldwide acclaim and a decade of government persecution.Born into a privileged family in 1919, Pete attended boarding schools from third grade, isolated from his divorced parents and family. He read voraciously and incubated his interests in the outdoors, journalism, art, and music; a high school teacher introduced him to the banjo. After dropping out of Harvard, Seeger pursued a winding path that included performing children's concerts and cataloging folk music at the Library of Congress. The straightforward narrative chronicles Pete's musical arc—from hardscrabble touring with Woody Guthrie and the Almanac Singers to the phenomenal success of the Weavers, who introduced Americans to folk and world music. Silvey links Seeger's music with his commitment to social causes, from workers' rights and civil rights to the antiwar and environmental movements. She skillfully illuminates Seeger's 10-year ordeal during the tenure of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Surveilled, blacklisted, subpoenaed, arrested, tried, and convicted, the former Communist Party member was vindicated on appeal in 1962. Silvey's afterword frankly acknowledges Seeger as a personal hero, avowing that her biographer's neutrality was trumped by her research into Seeger's unjust treatment by the FBI and HUAC. A fine introduction to a musical icon. (photographs, quotation source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2016)
Biography type
individual biography
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10522351
Cataloging source
DLC
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Silvey, Anita
Dewey number
  • 782.42162/130092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Intended audience
1050L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 5
  • 7
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bibliography
Reading level
7.2
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True
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Seeger, Pete
  • Seeger, Pete
  • Seeger, Pete
  • Folk singers
  • Illustrated children's books
  • Illustrated children's books
  • Folk singers
  • Folk singers
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
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the life and times of Pete Seeger
Label
Let your voice be heard : the life and times of Pete Seeger, Anita Silvey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 96-98) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The beginnings -- Mentors and school -- Choosing music -- Becoming a performer -- Success at last -- Under suspicion -- Fighting back -- Joining forces -- Singing together to save our planet -- Pete Seeger's legacy
Control code
1649843
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
104 pages
Isbn
9780547330129
Lccn
2015034787
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780547330129
  • (OCoLC)913924415
Label
Let your voice be heard : the life and times of Pete Seeger, Anita Silvey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 96-98) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The beginnings -- Mentors and school -- Choosing music -- Becoming a performer -- Success at last -- Under suspicion -- Fighting back -- Joining forces -- Singing together to save our planet -- Pete Seeger's legacy
Control code
1649843
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
104 pages
Isbn
9780547330129
Lccn
2015034787
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780547330129
  • (OCoLC)913924415

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