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50 Years With Peter, Paul And Mary

Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow.
Courtesy of Robert Corwin
Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow.

Airs Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

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Give at the $156 level and receive the combo package with the program DVD and a "Peter, Paul and Mary: Discovered: Live in Concert" CD. This gift includes a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). Also enjoy access to KPBS Passport and myKPBS Film Club. The CD only is at the $72 level, and the DVD only is at $120.

"50 Years With Peter, Paul And Mary" is a documentary by four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/ director Jim Brown that focuses on portions of the trio’s career not included in earlier PBS specials.

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This program features rare and previously unseen television footage including a BBC program from the early 1960s that embodies many of the trio’s best performances and most popular songs.

This is Peter, Paul and Mary at the peak of their artistry, a time when this popular and influential trio dominated the Billboard music charts.

Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow performing at the 1963 March on Washington.
Courtesy of Rowland Scherman
Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow performing at the 1963 March on Washington.

From the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village, to the Civil Rights and anti-war era of the 1960s, through the decades of their later advocacy and music, to Mary Travers’ moving memorial, and finally to the present, where their legacy continues to inform and inspire successive generations, this far deeper and more intimate exploration of the trio reveals the impact of their artistry and activism on their generation and the world.

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Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow.
Courtesy of Peter Rosen
Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow.

"50 Years With Peter, Paul And Mary" features these songs:

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” “Five Hundred Miles,” “If I Had My Way,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” "Early Mornin’ Rain,” “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song),” "Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Cruel War,” “If You Love Your Country,” “The Great Mandala,” “I Dig Rock and Roll Music,” “Hymn,” “There But For Fortune,” “Day Is Done,” “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee),” “Stewball,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?,” “Sweet Survivor,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Don’t Laugh at Me,” "We Shall Not Be Moved,” “One Light Many Candles” (“One & Many” Reprise) and “Tell It on the Mountain.”

L-R: Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, the Freedom Singers, Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel sing “We Shall Overcome” at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival.
Courtesy of John Byrne Cooke
L-R: Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, the Freedom Singers, Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel sing “We Shall Overcome” at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival.