Pete Seeger may be one of the most important folk singers of the 20th century. But he’s more than a musician – he’s a political activist and an environmentalist too. At age 93, he is still thriving. He was even featured on the Colbert Report in August.
Wesleyan University provost and vice president of academic affairs Rob Rosenthal and his son Sam were given access to all Seeger’s private writings, and have complied some of them into a book, Pete Seeger: In His Own Words. They spent two years reading through letters, articles, rough drafts, stories and poetry to gain insight into Seeger’s life and beliefs. They joined us by phone to talk about the process of putting together the book, and spending time with the folk legend.