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Title:
Peter Paul and Mary : fifty years in music and life
Author:
Peter, Paul, and Mary (Musical group), author.
Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Imagine, [2015]
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 28 x 31 cm
Summary:
"This book visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, with stirring images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America's heart. The very best of thousands of photographs, many rare and never before published, taken over five decades by some of the world's top photographers, follow them from their earliest performances in the 1960s, when Mary was the most desired, beautiful, and charismatic performer and a new role model for women. Follow the trio as they lead America to discover the passionate soul of folk music. Peter, Paul, and Mary's songs of defiant hope and a certain unmasked innocence are still a powerful part of our American consciousness, and this book reenacts the history of how the trio marked our lives with their indelible stamp of honesty"--
General Note:
"A Peter Yarrow book."

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781936140329
Format :
Book

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Summary

Finally . . . here is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, with stirring images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America's heart. The very best of thousands of photographs, many rare and never before published, taken over five decades by some of the world's top photographers, follow them from their earliest performances in the 1960s, when Mary was the most desired, beautiful, and charismatic performer and a new role model for women. Follow the trio as they lead America to discover the passionate soul of folk music. Join the struggle for racial equality, social justice, and freedom in this memorable journey, from the historic 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr., to the trio's appearance before a half million people in 1969 to end the Vietnam War, to their singing at the Hollywood Bowl for Survival Sunday in 1978, helping to launch the anti-nuke movement, the world's first international environmental movement.
Through these images, you can feel and almost hear the trio's songs calling for a more caring, better world as you see them performing with a courage and conviction that became for so many the embodiment and sound track of their generation's awakening to conscience, to activism, and to a new dream for all of humankind. Peter, Paul, and Mary's songs of defiant hope and a certain unmasked innocence are still a powerful part of our American consciousness, and this book reenacts the history of how the trio marked our lives with their indelible stamp of honesty of the sort we yearn to recapture and recreate in our own time-for ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.


Author Notes

Peter, Paul, and Mary came into being at the dawn of John F. Kennedy's presidency, as America entered one of its most dramatic periods of social and political change. With music being one of the great forces that brought them together, Americans united in unprecedented ways to create a more just and peaceful society. Folk music, with its ability to reach people's hearts, became the sound track of this remarkable quest, and Peter, Paul, and Mary became standard-bearers of America's new hopes and dreams.


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Library Journal Review

Musicians Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey gather here their thoughts and memories with the words and interviews of the late Mary Travers (1936-2009). The story of this prolific musical trio is told through photographs capturing moments of solitude as well as those shared with audiences in their many activist causes, including well-known performances for President John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and many others. Written as a personal reflection, this title shows the love and respect the trio shared for one another. The group's role as advocates for peace and justice is well represented by the chosen images, documents, and corresponding personal insights. Verdict This well-executed book covers the history of folk musicians Peter, Paul, and Mary from the group's inception more than 50 years ago. The musicians successfully present the reflections and perspectives of the moments they have shared with their characteristic approach, through one powerful voice.-Elizabeth Berndt-Morris, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mount Pleasant (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

I was a college kid on a cold Connecticut night in 1964 when I first heard Mary's angelic alto. On that night in New Haven and on so many nights over the next five decades, in so many places all over the world, Peter, Paul and Mary's music asked more of us than to simply sing along. "The hammer of justice" and "the bell of freedom!" These are more than just lyrics; they were then, and they remain, a call to conscience, and as Peter especially has always reminded me, when something pulls at your conscience, you need to act.             As Peter, Paul and Mary journeyed from coffeehouses and campuses to the Billboard Top 40, there could be no doubt that we were all living in turbulent times. But in their harmonies was a magic and message more powerful than a decade of discord and exhilaration.             That is why, after all these years, we return to the music. That is why when we turn the pages of this incredible book, we are questioned, liberated, and challenged once again.             I know my experience with Peter, Paul and Mary is one that I shared with so many in those years of challenge and transformation. Their music became an anchor: "Blowin' in the Wind" as the war in Vietnam escalated. "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" as I left to join the war. "Puff, the Magic Dragon" as I patrolled the Mekong Delta. Their songs became the soundtrack of my life and of a generation.             They changed the cultural fabric of this nation forever. Peter, Paul and Mary brought folk music from the shadows of the McCarthy blacklist era to the living rooms and radio stations of every town in America. They gave the world its first listen to young songwriting talents from Bob Dylan to John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot to Laura Nyro.             And though their music might stop and the band would break up for years, they never stopped marching. They marched for peace, for racial justice, for workers' rights. They marched against gun violence, homelessness, and world hunger. They marched for clean air and clean water, against apartheid and nuclear proliferation.             Through both their songs and their struggle, they helped propel our nation on its greatest journey, on the march toward greater equality. With their passion and persistence, Peter, Paul and Mary helped widen the circle of our democracy.             It was at Dr. King's March on Washington, that Peter, Paul and Mary first performed "Blowin' in the Wind." On that day and for decades thereafter, they made it clear that it was up to all of us to reach for the answer by reaching out to one another and to the world. Their message was not defined by protest but by taking responsibility--taking the risks that peace, the most powerful answer of all, always requires. -John F. Kerry, US Secretary of State Excerpted from Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life by Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.