Gainesville IWW Presents: "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song"

Published Jimmy - Tue, 10/26/2010 - 1:58pm

"Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" (2007) is the only authorized biography of Pete Seeger. The filmmaker, Jim Brown, documents the life of one of the greatest American singer / songwriters of the last century. Pete Seeger was the architect of the folk revival, writing some of its best known songs including “"Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “"Turn, Turn, Turn” and “"If I Had A Hammer."

Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the US government, for his views on peace, unionism, civil rights and ecology, Seeger was targeted by the communist witch hunt of the Fifties. He was picketed, protested, blacklisted, and, in spite of his enormous popularity, banned from American television for more than 17 years. With a combination of never-before-seen archival footage and personal films made by Seeger and his wife, 'Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" chronicles the life of this legendary artist and political activist. (http://www.jimbrownfilms.com/seeger.html)

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a radical union that was founded in 1905. The IWW's first organizers included such notables as Mother Jones, Eugene Debs, Lucy Parsons and Big Bill Haywood. The IWW is open to workers of all occupations, including the unemployed, and was one of the first unions to welcom women, African-Americans, and immigrants. Gainesville IWW members will be present to discuss the union and will have merchandise for sale. (www.iww.org)

Cost: 
$3-5 donation requested
When:
Wed, 11/03/2010 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 donation requested