American Masters: Pete Seeger: The Power Of Song
Airs Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
He made a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, and got them singing together and using music as a force for social change.
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.
His inspiring, but not always easy, story is told by everyone from Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks and through a remarkable historical archive — a history that Seeger himself, now almost 90 years old, helped create.