PBS Pays Tribute to Seeger, Again

Singer Pete Seeger performs at the 2009 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize special outdoor tribute at Hunts Point Riverside Park on September 3, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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.