PBS has announced that it will be re-airing a 2008 film from its acclaimed American Masters series called “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” for a special broadcast in memoriam of legendary singer, songwriter and activist Pete Seeger, who passed away Monday at the age of 94. The film will also stream online at pbs.org/americanmasters.
Film synopsis from PBS:
“Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” is the singer’s first authorized film biography, and it poetically documents Pete Seeger’s unique experience and contributions. The man, who introduced America to its own folk heritage, got a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. He deeply believed in the power of song, convinced that individuals can make a difference. Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the U.S. government, for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist — banned from commercial television for more than 17 years. Seeger’s inspiring, but not always easy, story is told by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Maines (the Dixie Chicks), Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie, and Seeger himself, through a remarkable historical archive. Directed by Jim Brown. 90 minutes.
PBS has confirmed that “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” will air in the following markets (all times reflect local market time):
New York metro area – Friday, January 31 at 10:30pm and Saturday, February 1 at 2pm on THIRTEEN
Los Angeles area – Sunday, February 2 at 6:30pm on PBS SoCal and Thursday, February 6 at 5pm on PBS SoCal PLUS
Chicago – Thursday, January 30 at 10pm on WTTW
Philadelphia – Thursday, January 30 at 10:30pm on WHYY
Dallas – Thursday, January 30 at 7pm on KERA
San Francisco – Sunday, February 2 at 8pm on KQED Life
Boston – Friday, January 31 at 10:30pm and Sunday, February 2 at 4pm on WGBH
Detroit – Thursday, January 30 at 9:30pm on Detroit Public TV (WTVS)
Phoenix – Tuesday, February 4 at 11pm on KAET
Minneapolis/St. Paul – Saturday, February 1 at 9pm on tpt Life and Thursday, January 30 at 10pm on tpt2
Portland (OR) – Sunday, February 2 at 7pm on OPB Plus
Indianapolis -Thursday, January 30 at 10pm on WFYI
Baltimore – Sunday, February 2 at 5pm on MPT/Maryland Public Television
San Diego – Sunday, February 2 at 12 noon on KPBS
Nashville – Saturday, February 1 at 9:30pm on NPT/Nashville Public Television
Hartford – Sunday, February 2 at 8pm and Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30pm on CPTV4U
For airdates in other markets, PBS recommends contacting your local PBS station, or checking out the online schedule for American Masters.
Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, from “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” — Credit Jim Marshall