BFD Observes Pete Seeger's 100th Birthday With Release Of In Their Own Words Appearance

BFD Observes Pete Seeger's 100th Birthday With Release Of In Their Own Words Appearance

Recorded At NYC's Famed Bottom Line

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK (Sept. 26, 2019) — BFD celebrates the 100th birthday of folk icon Peter Seeger with the September 27, 2019 release of a 1994 recording of a performance at the fabled New York music venue, The Bottom Line.

Recorded in May of 1994, Pete Seeger: The Bottom Line Archives Series: In Their Own Words With Vin Scelsa, the performance was only the second time Seeger had appeared at the club (the first being a May 1974 benefit for Sing Out! Magazine). The show was recorded for posterity at The Bottom Line for an ongoing series created by club owner Allan Pepper and Scelsa. 

“Where in the world would we be without Pete Seeger?” famed radio broadcaster Scelsa asks the packed house.

Among the highlights include Seeger’s “If I Had A Hammer,” the humorous “Get Up and Go,” “The Progress Song,” Seeger’s discussion of writing his classic “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” and a special appearance with fellow folk legend Roger McGuinn on “The Midnight Special.”

The impact of American folk music on the international pop music scene is difficult to overstate. The “Lomax / Guthrie”-led folk revival of the 40s and 50s that propelled acts like The Kingston Trio and Harry Belafonte opened the door wide for 1960s audiences that numbered in the millions. Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and McGuinn’s The Byrds owed something to Seeger.

An American folk singer and social activist, Seeger was a fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s and had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene,” which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. In the 1960s, Seeger became known for lending his songs and voice to the support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture, and environmental causes.

Seeger, who died at the age of 1994 in 2014 was born in May of 1919. 

Over the years, The Bottom Line hosted an eclectic blend of performers, ranging from Seeger, Baez, Dylan and Harry Chapin, as well as Linda Ronstadt, The Police, Ravi Shankar, The Ramones and more. The club was shuttered in 2004. 


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