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.
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.