Patriotic protester and family-style folk singer Pete Seeger may have passed from this earthly domain on Monday at age 94. But the “Power of Song” he espoused as a world-changing force will never die, any more than the songs he wrote and promoted – from the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” to the Biblical re-write “Turn, Turn, Turn” to his buddy Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”
In fast and appropriate response to his passing, PBS has organized a memorial broadcast reprise of the 2008 American Masters series documentary focused on the modest might. WHYY TV12 will be among the member stations to air it - “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” – Thursday at 10:30 p.m.
Told through the voices of emulators Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Maines, Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie and Seeer himself, the film biography also will be available for streaming online at pbs.org/americanmasters beginning Thursday morning.