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Weekend Concert Series: Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest - Johnny Cash and June Carter


In the mid-1960’s, Pete Seeger hosted a black and white folk music show on television station WNJU in NY. He would host and play songs, and invite guests such as Doc Watson, Judy Collins, and Buffy Saint-Marie to come and share songs and stories.

It was an important show for Seeger, who had spent many years blacklisted from television. Tapes of the show were rescued and restored in the 1980’s.

This comes from the very last show, in which Seeger is joined by Cash and Carter According to wikipedia, this show had been held back by Seeger due to what he considered heavy use of drugs by Cash. You can judge whether this show was worth seeing.

http://youtu.be/GDBtrzka2X4

As a bonus this week, here are a few tracks from my first Pete Seeger record, the Children’s Concert at Town Hall. As a kid, it was really cool to know that this old guy had given a concert just for kids at the important-sounding Town Hall. He also seemed to be treating us as peers and not talking down to us.

Here he sings about the Erie Canal, a little birdie, and Henry My Son. The last song is one of my favorites - Here’s to Cheshire, Here’s to Cheese.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbdPjKcX4-E&list=PLtx3be_HRAJB8LKu-8t0F9O...

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Johnny Cash and Pete Seeger

Johnny Cash and Pete Seeger playing together = amazing.
That is so awesome. Two of my favorite musicians ever.

I have been a record collector for many years. I own like 10 Pete Seeger LP's and over 20 Johnny Cash records. So much great musical output from both.

 
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Good role model

Pete's always been so peaceful and nice, and strong willed about what he felt was right. Sort of like Mr. Rogers with a banjo.

Cash certainly looks uncomfortable being on this show, but they stayed friends for a long time (Cash had him on his show later in the 60's).

June is so polite. : )

 

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