American folk-singer Pete Seeger who turns 90 in May this year, comes under the Archive Hour spotlight on Saturday 2 May. From the BBC website:
“Seeger doesn’t grant many interviews these days but, in late 2008, he spoke at length to BBC World Service arts correspondent Vincent Dowd. Seeger is as opinionated, lucid and lively as ever – as much about environmental and urban issues, as disarmament and civil rights. There is nothing predictable – Seeger has refreshingly positive views about city life as the model of the future.
This year, Seeger unexpectedly came into the limelight again when he performed the Woody Guthrie song This Land Is Your Land, with Bruce Springsteen, outside the Lincoln Memorial for Barack Obama’s inauguration. Dowd returned to America to talk with Seeger again, this time about his hopes for the future as a new era of American history unfolds. He was also treated to a stunning, unplugged version of This Land Is Your Land.
With the help of the BBC’s extensive archives, Seeger At 90 provides analysis as well as pleasure in celebrating the life and work of an artist who brought the world such songs as Where Have All The Flowers Gone? and If I Had A Hammer. The programme also features an interview with a popular music journalist who contextualises and explores the contribution Seeger has made both musically and politically over his long life.”
Charles Parker and Traveller-related events
Birmingham Archives and Heritage Lunchtime Lectures
12 May 2009
Charles Parker: Man with a Microphone
Talk by Fiona Tate, looking at Charles Parker’s work with travelling people
9 June 2009
Travelling Communities: Voices from the Margins
Talk by Dr Andy Green, of the ‘Birmingham Stories’ Project
Free talks from 1.00pm – 2.00pm on Tuesdays
Central Library Theatre
All welcome – no booking required
Tel: 0121 464 1619