Turning the Book Wheel
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28 of January, 2014


There’s a lot of good music in our country you never hear on the radio. You don’t hear it on the juke boxes or on TV. Just ordinary old-fashioned songs which one person teaches to another.

from the liner notes to Pete Seeger’s Folk Songs for Young People

Of all the things that Pete Seeger did to promote American Folk music, one of the most lasting has to be performing for and with children, and putting out albums of folk songs just for kids.

How many of us in the U.S. learned classic songs like Jimmie Crack Corn or On Top of Old Smokey from listening to Pete Seeger albums at home or at school?

[Album art all courtesy Smithsonian Folkways which also has a TON of Pete Seeger albums available, including those above.]


Posted 5 months ago
Tags:  #Pete Seeger  #folk music  #American folk music  #children's music  #folkways

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