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  1. 2.3 hrs • 3/22/2016 • Unabridged

    The second volume of gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music! Listen to intimate, never-before-heard recordings of the beloved civil rights icon and environmentalist. Pete Seeger: Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger’s spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems. Set to new music created by musicians from traditions as diverse as bluegrass, new age, blues, funk, klezmer, folk, African, Indian, and gospel, Pete’s wisdom and stories out to new audiences and into a new technological age. It is a collection that the entire family can enjoy.

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    Pete Seeger: Storm King, Volume 2

    Edited by Jeff Haynes
    Featuring Pete Seeger
    2.3 hrs • 3/22/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.8 hrs • 11/5/2014 • Unabridged

    When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom had the opportunity to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she was eager to reconnect with the performer she’d first met late one night in 1966 at a Yorkville coffeehouse. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their last recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process. In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni’s childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes… This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of illuminating a timeless body of work and inspiring others.

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    Joni Mitchell

    7.8 hrs • 11/5/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.1 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    Back porch swamp blues music stomps you into the Mekong River as Pete tells the controversial story of how the airing of his song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”, protesting the war in Vietnam, contributed to the Smother’s Brothers’ show being cancelled. This single is part of the ongoing project called Pete Seeger: The Storm King—an audio collection presenting Seeger’s spoken words as he recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—set to new music. Pete Seeger: The Storm King is produced by world renowned percussionist and producer Jeff Haynes and incorporates music from over fifty musicians from traditions as diverse as African music, blues, bluegrass, classical guitar, folk, jazz, Native American music, and world beat.

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    Big Muddy

    Spoken word by Pete Seeger
    Presented by Jeff Haynes
    Music written by Paul Cebar (“Waist Deep”), with Charlie Burnham (vocals), Dean Bowman (vocals), and Jeff Haynes (percussion)
    0.1 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.1 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    African music sets the stage as Pete describes his travels around the world and the complex communication that takes place in a small African village using the talking drum. This single is part of the ongoing project called Pete Seeger: The Storm King—an audio collection presenting Seeger’s spoken words as he recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—set to new music. Pete Seeger: The Storm King is produced by world renowned percussionist and producer Jeff Haynes and incorporates music from over fifty musicians from traditions as diverse as African music, blues, bluegrass, classical guitar, folk, jazz, Native American music, and world beat.

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    Talking Drum

    Spoken word by Pete Seeger
    Presented by Jeff Haynes
    Music written by Samite Mulondoand performed by Samite Mulondo (mbira),Tony Cedras (guitar), and Jeff Haynes (percussion)
    0.1 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 0.1 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    Will Ackerman and Heidi Breyer’s composition sets the stage as Pete Seeger recites Jeff Haynes’ poem about the Underground Railroad. This single is part of the ongoing project called Pete Seeger: The Storm King—an audio collection presenting Seeger’s spoken words as he recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—set to new music. Pete Seeger: The Storm King is produced by world renowned percussionist and producer Jeff Haynes and incorporates music from over fifty musicians from traditions as diverse as African music, blues, bluegrass, classical guitar, folk, jazz, Native American music, and world beat.

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    Imagine

    Spoken by Pete Seeger and Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin
    Presented by Jeff Haynes
    Poem (“Imagine”) written by Jeff Haynes
    Music written by Will Ackerman (guitar) and Heidi Breyer (piano), withRob Scheps (saxophone)
    0.1 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.2 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    This fresh rendition of Pete’s classic song “Where Have all the Flowers Gone?” includes Pete’s spoken word as he tells the story of the song’s creation, beginning with the Cossack soldiers and ending with the German actress, Marlene Dietrich, and how it was embraced around the world. This single is part of the ongoing project called Pete Seeger: The Storm King—an audio collection presenting Seeger’s spoken words as he recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—set to new music. Pete Seeger: The Storm King is produced by world renowned percussionist and producer Jeff Haynes and incorporates music from over fifty musicians from traditions as diverse as African music, blues, bluegrass, classical guitar, folk, jazz, Native American music, and world beat.

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    Where Have all the Flowers Gone?

    Spoken word by Pete Seeger
    Presented by Jeff Haynes
    Music written by Pete Seeger and performed by various performers
    0.2 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.3 hrs • 11/5/2013 • Unabridged

    A narrative history of the writing of “This Land Is Your Land” and “God Bless America” that uncovers the conflicts and common ground between two classic patriotic songs February, 1940. After a decade of worldwide depression, World War II had begun in Europe and Asia. With Germany on the march and Japan at war with China, the global crisis was in a crescendo. America’s top songwriter, Irving Berlin, had captured the nation’s mood a little more than a year before with his patriotic hymn “God Bless America.” Woody Guthrie was having none of it. Near-starving and penniless, he was traveling from Texas to New York to make a new start. As he eked his way across the country by bus and by thumb, he couldn’t avoid Berlin’s song. Some people say that it was when he was freezing by the side of the road in a Pennsylvania snowstorm that he conceived of a rebuttal. It would encompass the dark realities of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, and it would begin with the lines “This land is your land, this land is my land.” In This Land That I Love, John Shaw writes the dual biography of these beloved American songs. Examining the lives of their authors, he finds that Guthrie and Berlin had more in common than either could have guessed. Though Guthrie’s image was defined by train-hopping, Irving Berlin had also risen from homelessness, having worked his way up from the streets of New York. At the same time, This Land That I Love sheds new light on our patriotic musical heritage, from “Yankee Doodle” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” to Martin Luther King’s recitation from “My Country ’Tis of Thee” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963. Delving into the deeper history of war songs, minstrelsy, ragtime, country music, folk music, and African American spirituals, Shaw unearths a rich vein of half-forgotten musical traditions. With the aid of archival research, he uncovers new details about the songs, including a never-before-printed verse for “This Land Is Your Land.” The result is a fascinating narrative that refracts and reenvisions America’s tumultuous history through the prism of two unforgettable anthems.

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    This Land That I Love by John Shaw

    This Land That I Love

    7.3 hrs • 11/5/13 • Unabridged
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    15.9 hrs • 8/15/2013 • Unabridged

    In 1975 as Bob Dylan emerged from eight years of seclusion, he dreamed of putting together a traveling music show that would trek across the country like a psychedelic carnival. The dream became reality, and On the Road with Bob Dylan is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at what happened when Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue took to the streets of America. With the intimate detail of a diary, Larry “Ratso” Sloman’s mesmerizing description of the legendary tour both transports listeners to a celebrated period in rock history and provides them with a vivid snapshot of Dylan during this extraordinary time. This reissue of the 1978 classic resonates more than ever as it chronicles one of the most glittering rock circuses ever assembled, with a cast that includes Joan Baez, Robbie Robertson, Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and a wild entourage of groupies, misfits, sinners, and saints who trailed along for the ride. Sloman candidly captures the all-night revelry and musical prowess—from the backstage antics to impromptu jams—that made the tour a nearly mystical experience. Complete with an introduction by renowned Texas musician, mystery writer, and Revue member Kinky Friedman, this is an unparalleled treat for Dylan fans old and new. Without question, On the Road with Bob Dylan is a remarkable, revealing piece of writing and a rare up-close and personal view of Dylan on tour.

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    On the Road with Bob Dylan by Larry “Ratso” Sloman

    On the Road with Bob Dylan

    Introduction by Kinky Friedman
    Read by Ramiz Monsef
    15.9 hrs • 8/15/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 2.3 hrs • 4/9/2013 • Unabridged

    Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger’s spoken words as he recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems through musical traditions as diverse as African music, the blues, bluegrass, Celtic music, classical guitar, folk, Israeli music, jazz, Native American music, and Tuvan throat singing—taking Pete’s wisdom and stories out to new audiences and into a new technological age. Each piece is unique in how sound and emotion come together. Jeff Haynes, world-renowned percussionist and producer, has worked closely with Pete to create something spectacular, weaving Pete’s words into the music of artists from around the world. The result is astounding.

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    Pete Seeger: The Storm King

    Spoken word by Pete Seeger
    Presented by Jeff Haynes
    Music written and performed by Jeff Haynes, with various performers
    2.3 hrs • 4/9/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 1.0 hrs • 4/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Founded by Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville Folk Festival has run annually since 1972. It is the longest continuously running music festival of its kind in North America. For eighteen straight days and nights each May and June, over thirty thousand guests come from all over the world to experience the magic of what the folks there simply call “Kerrville.” The festival is known internationally as a mecca for singer-songwriters of varying musical styles. It’s a place where those just developing their skills have the opportunity to play their music alongside master craftsmen. Over 1,500 outstanding singer-songwriters have been presented on the festival’s stages since the beginning. More than just a “folk music” festival, Kerrville offers music of many styles, including traditional folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana. The common thread is songwriting. The focus of the festival is to promote emerging artists while giving the audience exposure to both new and recognized, seasoned talent. Major-label artists such as Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Nancy Griffith played Kerrville early in their careers. Through the years, the Kerrville stage has seen other nationally known artists like Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, and Arlo Guthrie, while others such as singer/songwriter/actor Ronny Cox play on the stages any given year. Producer Joe Bevilacqua and his wife, Lorie Kellogg, camped out at the festival for five days to create this hour-long collage.

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    One Song at a Time

    1.0 hrs • 4/1/13 • Unabridged
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  11. 10.4 hrs • 5/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Now the inspiration for a major motion picture written and directed by the Coen brothers Dave Van Ronk was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the ’60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a firsthand account by a major player in the social and musical history of the ’50s and ’60s. It features encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Joni Mitchell, as well as older luminaries like the Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Odetta. Colorful, hilarious, and engaging, The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a feast for anyone interested in the music, politics, and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture.

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    The Mayor of MacDougal Street by Dave Van Ronk

    The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    By Dave Van Ronk, with Elijah Wald
    Foreword by Lawrence Block
    10.4 hrs • 5/1/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 15.4 hrs • 5/1/2011 • Unabridged

    The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid, full-bodied portrait of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century—a man widely regarded as the most important lyricist America has ever produced. Acclaimed poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein frames Dylan against the backdrop of four seminal concerts—all of which he attended: Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1963; Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1974; Tanglewood, Massachusetts, 1997; Aberdeen, Maryland, 2009. Recreating each performance song by song, Epstein places them within the larger context of Dylan’s life, from his meteoric rise as a young folk singer through his reemergence in the 1990s and his role as the éminence grise of rock-and-roll today. He explores the star’s private side, including marriage and fatherhood, and his struggle to overcome substance abuse. Epstein also traces the influences that shaped Dylan’s career and offers a thoughtful analysis of his work and fresh interpretations of his lyrics. Here, too, are anecdotes and insights from those closest to the man, including D. A. Pennebaker, Allen Ginsberg, Nora Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and Dylan’s sidemen throughout the years. 

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    The Ballad of Bob Dylan by Daniel Mark Epstein

    The Ballad of Bob Dylan

    15.4 hrs • 5/1/11 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.4 hrs • 5/1/2006 • Unabridged

    Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture. Starting with The Byrds in 1965, these musicians began combining the effusive harmonies of folk music with the sounds of the British rock invasion. From their song craft was born the singer-songwriter movement and a new style of American pop that thrives on. This is not only a history of an important period in rock music but also the story of what happened to the peace and love philosophy of the sixties, as hard drugs and easy sex began to take their toll and the gruesome Wonderland murders signaled the end of the era. Listen to Lysa William's interview of the author, Michael Walker! Learn more about Laurel Canyon at www.laurelcanyonthebook.com

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    Laurel Canyon by Michael Walker

    Laurel Canyon

    8.4 hrs • 5/1/06 • Unabridged
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    12.3 hrs • 10/1/2002 • Unabridged

    This is the candid, mesmerizing, and often intimate account of how four young people—Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña—gave rise to a modern-day bohemia and created the enduring sound and style of the 1960s. Even before they became lovers in 1963, Dylan and Joan Baez were seen as the reigning king and queen of folk music. But their songs and their public images grew out of their association with Joan’s younger sister, Mimi, a musician in her own right, and Richard Fariña, the roguish novelist Mimi married when she was seventeen. Their rise from scruffy coffeehouse folksingers to pop stars comes about through their complex interpersonal relationships, as the young Dylan courts the famous Joan to further his career, Fariña woos Mimi while looking longingly on her older sister, and Fariña’s friend Thomas Pynchon keeps an eye on their amours from afar.

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    Positively 4th Street by David Hajdu

    Positively 4th Street

    12.3 hrs • 10/1/02 • Unabridged
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