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Gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music! Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems-set to new music created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, Gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music! Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems-set to new music created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, and Native American Music, Pete's wisdom and stories out to new audiences and into a new technological age. Each piece is unique in sound and emotion and also in how it came together. Jeff Haynes, world-renowned percussionist and producer, has worked closely with Pete to create something spectacular -- weaving Pete's words to the music of artists from around the world who would not otherwise have shared a stage with Pete but who have been deeply influenced by him. The result is astounding. "It brings out things in my words that I never knew before." -- Pete Seeger "Pete's still finding the hope and planting the seeds . . . and keeping us invigorated in our own best intentions." -- Dar Williams


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Gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music! Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems-set to new music created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, Gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music! Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems-set to new music created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, and Native American Music, Pete's wisdom and stories out to new audiences and into a new technological age. Each piece is unique in sound and emotion and also in how it came together. Jeff Haynes, world-renowned percussionist and producer, has worked closely with Pete to create something spectacular -- weaving Pete's words to the music of artists from around the world who would not otherwise have shared a stage with Pete but who have been deeply influenced by him. The result is astounding. "It brings out things in my words that I never knew before." -- Pete Seeger "Pete's still finding the hope and planting the seeds . . . and keeping us invigorated in our own best intentions." -- Dar Williams

30 review for Pete Seeger: The Storm King: Stories, Narratives, Poems: Spoken Word Set to a World of Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Reynolds

    Excellent! Pete Seeger is a national treasure. His songwriting (e.g., Where Have All the Flowers Gone?) and storytelling are unparalleled. This is a short, 2-CD, "book", with him singing and telling stories. Wonderful to hear how he grew up in a musical family, and his life in New York on the Hudson. He talks about Woody Guthrie, and the different movements that he was involved in - lots of them. He recites a poem by his friend, Lee Hayes, who was with him in The Weavers: To Know Good Will If I sho Excellent! Pete Seeger is a national treasure. His songwriting (e.g., Where Have All the Flowers Gone?) and storytelling are unparalleled. This is a short, 2-CD, "book", with him singing and telling stories. Wonderful to hear how he grew up in a musical family, and his life in New York on the Hudson. He talks about Woody Guthrie, and the different movements that he was involved in - lots of them. He recites a poem by his friend, Lee Hayes, who was with him in The Weavers: To Know Good Will If I should one day die by violence Please take this as my written will And in the name of simple common sense Treat my destroyer only as one ill As one who needed more than I could give As one who never really learned to live In peace and joy and love of life But was diseased and plagued by hate and strife My vanished life might have some meaning still When my destroyer learns to know good will. If more of us had this perspective, the world would be a better place.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is an unusual audio book as it is part spoken word and part music. Listening to it is like sitting down with Pete Seeger, on a porch swing, while he chats about his life and strums his guitar and sings a few songs. His father, a musician and pacifist, greatly affected Pete’s life as he became a musician and a pacifist. I remember him for his folk songs and Vietnam War protest in the 1960s. Seeger died in 2014, the year after this audio book was published. I discovered it when it received a This is an unusual audio book as it is part spoken word and part music. Listening to it is like sitting down with Pete Seeger, on a porch swing, while he chats about his life and strums his guitar and sings a few songs. His father, a musician and pacifist, greatly affected Pete’s life as he became a musician and a pacifist. I remember him for his folk songs and Vietnam War protest in the 1960s. Seeger died in 2014, the year after this audio book was published. I discovered it when it received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album in 2014.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cat Fithian

    Like an interview with Pete, with stories and music and some new interpretations of his songs by other artists, this is a charming memoir. Could have used more music.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is packaged as a book on CD but it is definitely not typical. It draws from cultural traditions of narrative with music. It was certainly a unique experience and very well done. It felt intimate and off-the-cuff with Pete Seeger telling personal stories and sharing his love for the Hudson River and people who surround it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen (itpdx)

    One of those new forms that is a circling back. This is a spoken-word memoir and poetry by Pete Sseger accompanied and set to a wide range of music. Pete's story telling is delightful. I was not as enaromored with much of the music choices. A few were well matched, some were fine music but did not contribute to the spoken word as well as I would have liked.

  6. 5 out of 5

    49tales

    This is an audiobook I listen to again and again every year or two. It is a mix of music and stories by folk legend Pete Seeger. He has a tone that makes you feel like you're listening to a story from a friend. In both this audio and its sequel it is a great mix of music, culture, history, and storytelling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carnegie-Stout Public Library

    "Music and story and memoir are twined together just as in Seeger’s actual life. Listening to The Storm King is like sitting around a campfire on a crisp autumn evening with friends talking about life in word and song; tasty like ooey-gooey s’mores." Check out the rest of Michelle's review on the library's blog: http://carnegiestout.blogspot.com/201... "Music and story and memoir are twined together just as in Seeger’s actual life. Listening to The Storm King is like sitting around a campfire on a crisp autumn evening with friends talking about life in word and song; tasty like ooey-gooey s’mores." Check out the rest of Michelle's review on the library's blog: http://carnegiestout.blogspot.com/201...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Pete Seeger shares songs and stories of his youth, parenting years, and travels in his noticeably aging voice, backed by a variety of musicians and singers from around the world. A bittersweet treat for Seeger fans. He does include Abiyoyo on disc 2, making this listener quite happy!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Anecdotes with music, and often about music. I liked the concept, and mostly the stories were fine. The music sometimes didn't really work with the tale. Felt like a number of artsy NPR stories with not much relating them together.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    i have always liked Pete Seeger and this audiobook, while a bit overlayered and hokey in spots, has some good stories and memories, including where the ideas for Abiyoyo and Waste Deep in the Big Muddy came from. Great for old folkies or old fogies or whatever.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I love Pete Seeger, and he has the stories to show that his life was not exactly typical. The mix of personal reminisces, stories of and from other individuals, mixed with poetry and song was quite lovely- like reading someone's scrapbook as opposed to their biography.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael Carlson

    What a charming "book"! A well-designed and edited mix of Pete Seeger telling stories, accompanied by contemporary musicians and singers "accompanying" his words. While a few of Pete's stories were already well-known to me, it was wonderful to hear them in this setting. Bravo!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Madden

    Pete Seeger was such a great storyteller. Listening to him feels like enjoying the tales of a loving grandfather . And the music that enhances each section is truly delightful . This is one I'll be enjoying again and again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debbe

    What a pleasure. Great memories, Great storytelling and Great songs. Especially fun to hear the story of ABIYOYO!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Licking County Library

    Recommended by Stephanie, Adult Services (April 2015)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dannon

    Apparently I'm just not a big fan of spoken word.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Anne

    I listened to this on audio and it was marvelous. I liked it all but my absolute favorite tracks were Talking Drum, Abiyoyo, and Talking Leaves. A+, would definitely listen/read this again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    It is charming. I enjoyed the music (although not my usual taste), the history, poetry and stories. Delightful to listen to on a summer afternoon.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steve Siebers

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  21. 5 out of 5

    Larry

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alan Benson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Weatherly Webb

  25. 4 out of 5

    Penelope Andrade

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deb Bonar

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy (Bermudaonion)

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Mestelle

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

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