Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)



Critic Consensus: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is both a tribute to a legendary singer and an informative account of the birth of American counterculture.

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A social history through the life of one of this country's most significant folk artists of our time: Pete Seeger.

Rating: PG (for some mild thematic material)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Aug 5, 2008
The Weinstein Company

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Critic Reviews for Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

irector Jim Brown tells the story well even if he refuses to address any of the singer's missteps (such as becoming infuriated when Dylan first plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival).

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Fans like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan express unvarnished awe, but it's the well-told arc of Seeger's life that makes the strongest impression, as director Jim Brown takes us from the highs to the lows and back up again.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

As the loving documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, makes clear, Pete Seeger is still busy, still angry, still hopeful, still singing.

October 26, 2007
New York Times
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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song could have been called Pete Seeger: The First Punk. As the film traces the singer's long life, it also, inevitably, tracks the evolution of American countercultures through much of the 20th century.

Full Review… | October 25, 2007
Top Critic

Shallow, very officially sanctioned, and overly compressed.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Pete Seeger: The Power of Song


im certain pete seeger is one of the greatest men of out time. a moralistic and spiritual human being in every since of the word. in the almost 90 years he's been alive he has been completely unwaivering in his drive to bring people together, and to change the world. a true inspiration.

Atlas of id

Special in that it goes beyond the music/celebrity and into the simplicity of the man's life. Unfortunately, it doesn't make for such a fascinating portrait.


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