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Forever Young: 92 Year Old Pete Seeger Records Bob Dylan Song

Forever Young: 92 Year Old Pete Seeger Records Bob Dylan Song

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Pete Seeger is 92 and a half years old. Yet he has recorded Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”  for the upcoming Amnesty International album “Chimes of Freedom.” The album, a four disc set, will be released on January 24, 2012, to benefit the important human rights organization.

There are 80 tracks, with twenty or more from artists that are very unknown. But the big stars are great– Carly Simon, Sting, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull, Jeff Beck with Seal, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Paul Rodgers and Nils Lofgren.

Actress Evan Rachel Wood, who sang in Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe” and almost did in Taymor’s Broadway “Spider Man,” sings a song Dylan wrote with  George Harrison in 1968; it appeared on Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album–”I’d Have You Anytime.” Some of the tracks were organized by my old pal, Martin Lewis, who’s been an Amnesty stalwart for a long time and knows his music. I’m particularly keen to hear K’Naan, my new favorite performer, do “With God on Our Side.” I am not so keen to hear Kesha, Miley Cyrus, or Darren Criss from “Glee.” (Concessions to the commercial are wince inducing.)

And where is Bruce Springsteen? That seems like a glaring omission. So are Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon.

But the Pete Seeger track should be just thrilling. It balances out the weird ones (aforementioned) and gives us all hope. We can only hope that the Grammy show on February 12th will feature a big segment devoted to this collection (with Kesha, Cyrus, and Criss relegated to the background).


Raphael Saadiq – Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Patti Smith – Drifter’s Escape

Rise Against – Ballad of Hollis Brown

Tom Morello The Nightwatchman – Blind Willie McTell

Pete Townshend -Corrina, Corrina

Bettye LaVette – Most of the Time

Charlie Winston -This Wheel’s On Fire

Diana Krall – Simple Twist of Fate

Brett Dennen -You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

Mariachi El Bronx – Love Sick

Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ in the Wind

The Gaslight Anthem – Changing of the Guards

Silversun Pickups – Not Dark Yet

My Morning Jacket – You’re A Big Girl Now

The Airborne Toxic Event – Boots of Spanish Leather

Sting – Girl from the North Country

Mark Knopfler – Restless Farewell


Queens Of The Stone Age – Outlaw Blues

Lenny Kravitz – Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35

Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli – One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)

Blake Mills – Heart Of Mine

Miley Cyrus – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

Billy Bragg -Lay Down Your Weary Tune

Elvis Costello -License to Kill

Angelique Kidjo – Lay, Lady, Lay

Natasha Bedingfield – Ring Them Bells

Jackson Browne -Love Minus Zero/No Limit

Joan Baez – Seven Curses (Live)

The Belle Brigade – No Time To Think

Sugarland – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Live)

Jack’s Mannequin – Mr. Tambourine Man

Oren Lavie – 4th Time Around

Sussan Deyhim – All I Really Want To Do

Adele – Make You Feel My Love (Recorded Live at WXPN)


K’NAAN – With God On Our Side

Ximena Sariñana – I Want You

Neil Finn with Pajama Club – She Belongs to Me

Bryan Ferry – Bob Dylan’s Dream

Zee Avi – Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Carly Simon – Just Like a Woman

Flogging Molly – The Times They Are A-Changin’

Fistful Of Mercy – Buckets Of Rain

Joe Perry – Man Of Peace

Bad Religion – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

My Chemical Romance – Desolation Row (Live)

RedOne featuring Nabil Khayat – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren – Abandoned Love

Darren Criss featuring Chuck Criss and Freelance Whales – New Morning

Cage the Elephant – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

Band of Skulls – It Ain’t Me, Babe

Sinéad O’Connor – Property of Jesus

Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project – Shelter From The Storm

Ke$ha – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Kronos Quartet – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right


Maroon 5 – I Shall Be Released

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Political World

Seal & Jeff Beck – Like A Rolling Stone

Taj Mahal – Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream

Dierks Bentley – Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Live)

Mick Hucknall – One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)

Thea Gilmore – I’ll Remember You

State Radio – John Brown

Dave Matthews Band – All Along the Watchtower (Live)

Michael Franti – Subterranean Homesick Blues

We Are Augustines – Mama, You Been On My Mind

Lucinda Williams – Tryin’ To Get To Heaven

Kris Kristofferson – Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)

Eric Burdon -Gotta Serve Somebody

Evan Rachel Wood – I’d Have You Anytime

Marianne Faithfull – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Live)

Pete Seeger – Forever Young

Bob Dylan – Chimes Of Freedom


Outernational – When The Ship Comes In

Silverstein -Song To Woody

Daniel Bedingfield – Man In The Long Black Coat


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Tribute to Pete Seeger at Wolfson College on November 20th

“A Link in the Chain – Songs and Stories of Pete Seeger”
The Wolfson Music Society presents a tribute to the great American folksinger, Pete Seeger, performed by Wolfson College resident, Jamie McLaren Lachman.
20 November, 3PM
Haldane Room
Wolfson College
About 16 years ago, I hitchhiked to Pete Seeger’s house high above the Hudson River to meet my musical and creative inspiration. Over the next few years, I spent many a week with Pete learning how to play the banjo, chop wood to work songs, and tap maple syrup. This began a journey for me that has been one of song, story, and humour through the hills of Appalachia to rural communities throughout Southern Africa.
Join us for an afternoon of singing and storytelling as a way of thanking Pete for his wonderful life and inspiration to so many others!

“When was the last time you sung?

When was the last time you danced?
When was the last time you told stories?
If you cannot remember or if it was a long time ago,
The time is now.”
– African proverb
Jamie McLaren Lachman
Founder and Director
Clowns Without Borders South Africa
SA:  +27 82 424 5691
UK:  +44 77 175 487 71
USA:  +1 860 232 9891
“children being children again”
CWBSA is proudly sponsored by Europcar for ground transportation in Southern Africa.

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You Say You Want a Revolution

You Say You Want a Revolution

Occupy movement in need of an anthem

By Michael Collins

From the DePaulia, the Student Newspaper of De Paul University

Published: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Updated: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Perhaps everyone was spoiled by the ‘60s. A miraculous confluence of artists such as Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and Joan Baez lent their voices to the anti-war and civil rights movements. Certain songs became anthems and rallying cries for an entire generation fed up with the inequalities that surrounded them.

Songs like “We Shall Overcome,” “Give Peace a Chance,” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” were widely heard at protests, marches, sit-ins and on the radio. Maybe the message was more easily grasped because it was framed literally in terms of black and white.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been catching flack for not having a unifying theme or a specific list of demands. The times may have changed, but the universal themes of greed and selfishness are just as relevant today as they were 40 years ago. For a social movement to gather steam and really go global, history has shown it helps to have your message set to music.

In some drum circles it’s Occupy Wall Street’s lack of great protest songs that is drawing criticism. The current employment and financial crisis might not be easily summed up in verse. It is hard to find a convenient rhyme for the words “credit default swaps” or “financial derivatives” after all.

Old Town Folk School’s Resource Center manager, Colby Maddox, is the kind of guy you would never want to be up against in a music trivia game. He would destroy you, mercilessly, and with a smile. He believes that protest songs have a place our day and age, but the overriding societal issues are radically different and the stakes are nowhere near as high. “In the ‘60s, there was the danger of being drafted and dying,” he said. “That will really color your outlook on things.”

So where is the next Bob Dylan or Joan Baez? Joe Tessone of the Industrial Workers of the World points in the direction of Tom Morello, former guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, and his current work, The Nightwatchmen. Tessone also recommends Billy Bragg and Conor Oberst. There’s some good music here, but will it ever hold up against “The Times They Are a-Changin’?”

There are many musical groups out there today voicing their anger with the establishment. They run the gamut from punk to hard rock to coffee house troubadours. Bands with names like Anti-Flag and Rise Against have claimed the megaphone and the microphone.

While popular in certain circles, these angry bands still haven’t gained the acclaim and the popularity of their ‘60s predecessors. Anger can turn people off. “Folk music has a politeness to it,” Maddox says. “It’s ‘I’m angry and I’m in your living room but I might want to date your daughter so I’m reserved.'”

War certainly brings us together – whether for or against it. Artists such as Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Ben Harper and Sheryl Crow wrote anti-war songs about the Iraq War. Steve Earle even camped out at President Bush’s Crawford Ranch with guitar in hand. That war is finally set to come to an end, not due to public outrage or the actions of people in the streets, but due to politics and budget constraints. Maybe the times haven’t changed all that much.

Social media hasn’t given us our protest gurus. Instead, the internet’s crowning achievement thus far is Justin Bieber singing and longing for his “Baby.” Maddox points out a Chicago singer named Mark Dvorak and his song “I’m the 99”, which can be seen on Facebook and YouTube. It’s timely, earnest and his heart is on his sleeve. Let’s just say it lacks the seething steam of Dylan’s “Masters of War”.

Some of the folk legends are making their presence felt at the Occupy marches, as evidenced by 92-year-old Pete Seeger marching through Manhattan’s Upper West Side recently with two canes and chanting “We are unstoppable, another world is possible.” Joan Baez just played at Chicago’s Symphony Center last week. As for Bob Dylan, well, he never stopped touring. He just stopped enunciating.

There are a lot of artists still fighting the good fight armed with nothing more than a guitar and a vision of the way things ought to be. They have big shoes to fill but have resources that singers of the 60’s could only dream of. For now, the drums still beat and the people still chant and sing. The overriding question is: Will everyone listen?

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