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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 20
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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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Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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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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The reflective documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song explores the legacy of revered American folk singer and activist Seeger - written and directed by filmmaker Jim Brown when Seeger was in his late '80s. In lieu of recounting the narrative of Seeger's life note-for-note, however, Brown uses that individual biography as a contextual lens, through which he recounts decades of American social history. To tell his story, the filmmaker interpolates original, exclusive interviews with such

Aug 5, 2008

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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).

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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
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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.

October 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Shallow, very officially sanctioned, and overly compressed.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Joan Baez calls Pete a "saint," and Jim Brown's documentary makes a strong case for his canonization.

September 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

A love letter to the singer.

December 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Forget the controversial politics (that's what folk music is all about), this is a fascinating story with great music, despite the tedious last 15 minutes.

November 10, 2007 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

An amazing man and an amazing film.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
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More than an appreciation, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is an inspiration.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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You sense that Seeger may feel his greatest legacy is not what he accomplished, but what his presence gave others the courage to accomplish. Even if it was just singing along with a roomful of strangers.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Director Brown has made a career of chronicling the history of American folk music, and Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a worthy companion piece to his 1982 debut, The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time?

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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