Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Reviews

September 7, 2008
Joan Baez calls Pete a "saint," and Jim Brown's documentary makes a strong case for his canonization.
January 18, 2008
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).
December 26, 2007
A love letter to the singer.
November 10, 2007
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 7, 2007
A stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk.
October 26, 2007
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
As the loving documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, makes clear, Pete Seeger is still busy, still angry, still hopeful, still singing.
October 25, 2007
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 23, 2007
Shallow, very officially sanctioned, and overly compressed.
October 23, 2007
An amazing man and an amazing film.
October 19, 2007
More than an appreciation, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is an inspiration.
October 11, 2007
The Power of Song shows this icon of 20th-century music to be a man of passion and principle, and a true American. An important figure, an important film.
October 5, 2007
[Seeger] traversed decades, styles, even continents to bring the people's music to the people. This distinction is made with suitable and skillful great appreciation by director Jim Brown in Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.
September 28, 2007
A full and fond documentary.
September 27, 2007
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 21, 2007
If you've never heard of Pete Seeger or if you've known him all your life, see this film. Walking out, you might just be ready to put the world together.
September 20, 2007
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 14, 2007
The filmmakers treat this aged curmudgeon almost too reverently, but it is hard not to be awed by this gentle, resolute soul because of the ideas he steadfastly and faithfully represented.
September 14, 2007
I don't know if Pete Seeger believes in saints, but I believe he is one. He's the one in the front as they go marching in.
September 8, 2007
As certain to get auds singing as the man himself, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a terrific, multilayered portrait of a singer whose legacy extends beyond music and into every major social action movement since the 1940s.