Tuesday, April 12, 2011

MoveOn.org Queens Council Upcoming Movie Nite ”Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" on Sunday April 247th

“Music should not be used just to forget our troubles, but to help us to understand and do something about them.”

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a moving tribute to an American icon and to the power of his music to inspire us.  The film includes some very moving concert footage in both large and small venues as well as interviews with such folk music legends as Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.  Seeger sparked the folk music revival of the 1960s with such songs as "Turn, Turn, Turn", "The Hammer Song", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", and the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome", a song which inspired Martin Luther King.

Seeger's story, however, is not just about folk music, but also about his passion for social justice and his political involvement with left-wing groups. His invoking the First Amendment before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the early 1950s resulted in his being blacklisted on television for 17 years.

Honored by the Kennedy Center for outstanding musical achievement, music and justice are Seeger's passion. He says that music should not be used just to forget our troubles, but to help us to understand and do something about them.  He has popularized union songs, freedom songs, songs about workers, songs about justice, as well as Woody Guthrie's indelible hymn to America, "This Land is Your Land".

Seeger has also been active on issues of the environment and his decade-long campaign to clean up the polluted Hudson River produced remarkable results, even though many said it was impossible. Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is tribute to a man who contributed so much to the quality of our lives and who suffered greatly for his political beliefs.

Everyone is invited to a free screening of this inspiring film 

Sunday April 24th -- 5:30pm at Terraza 7 Train Café  

40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373   (Take No. 7 train to 82nd St. – café is one block from Roosevelt & 83rd Street - find green banner)