Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)

A social history through the life of one of this country's most significant folk artists of our time: Pete Seeger.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 29, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
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Consensus: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is both a tribute to a legendary singer and an informative account of the birth of American counterculture.

Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader

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).

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

As the loving documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, makes clear, Pete Seeger is still busy, still angry, still hopeful, still singing.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Joan Baez calls Pete a "saint," and Jim Brown's documentary makes a strong case for his canonization.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk.

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Rafer Guzman

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.

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Harvey S. Karten

A love letter to the singer.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Brian Miller
Village Voice

Shallow, very officially sanctioned, and overly compressed.

Tony Medley

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.

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