PETE SEEGER: LIVE IN AUSTRALIA 1963 – Press Release

PETE SEEGER: LIVE IN AUSTRALIA 1963

Debuts on DVD April 28, 2009

Silver Spring, MD — Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963, a historic 105-minute concert from the folk icon, debuts on DVD from Acorn Media and Reelin’ In The Years Productions on April 28, 2009. Celebrating his 90th birthday this year, singer-songwriter Pete Seeger has been a key figure in folk music since the 1940s and recently performed at the 2009 inaugural concert. This beautifully filmed 1963 Melbourne concert showcases more than 25 beloved songs from one of the most provocative figures in music history. The DVD also includes several special features including nearly an hour of bonus footage from various Australian television appearances and rare performances by folk legend Lead Belly, as well as a 16-page booklet with rare photographs.

The DVD is the first in the new Folk Icons™ series from Reelin’ in the Years, producers of the bestselling Jazz Icons DVD series. In 1963, Pete Seeger, blacklisted and barred from American television, fled the persecution of his homeland and embarked on a 10-month world tour. One of his first stops was Australia where he was welcomed with open arms and sold-out performances. From fascinating discussions of his musical influences to performances of more than two dozen songs, witness how one man, armed only with a banjo, a guitar and the power of song, captures the hearts and minds of a nation.

To see the trailer, please visit http://folkicons.com/ Songs included: If I Had A Hammer, Down By The Riverside; The Bells Of Rhymney; Goodnight Irene; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall; Michael, Row The Boat Ashore; Skip To My Lou; The Wild Rover; Woody Guthrie Medley; Highland Laddie; Kum Ba Ya; Way Out There; Living In The Country; Windy Old Weather…and many more Seeger’s awards include a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award (1993), the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Honor (1994), the National Medal of Arts (1994), and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1996).

SPECIAL FEATURES: Pete singing and discussing the songs of Lead Belly (also features 3 rare performances by Lead Belly filmed in 1945) Interviews and performances on Australian news programs 16-page booklet featuring liner notes by Seeger biographer David K. Dunaway Rare photographs, home movies and memorabilia Street: April 28, 2009 Approx. 105 min., plus bonus footage B&W SRP: $24.99

Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., Acorn Media distributes distinctive home video releases to the North American market with a special focus on the best of British television. Acorn’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or www.acornonline.com. Reelin’ In The Years Productions LLC is the world’s largest music footage library and has produced over 40 DVDs including the Grammy®-nominated The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969 series. For further information, please visit www.reelinintheyears.com or www.jazzicons.com.

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