Announcing "Chopping Wood" by Pete Seeger with David Bernz
Written and Edited by Jakes Main Street Music co-owner David Bernz. Releasing on May 3rd 2024!
Chopping Wood is Pete Seeger up close and personal like never before. Derived from years of conversations between Seeger and his close friend and collaborator David Bernz, it takes readers on a uniquely personal journey through this legendary folksinger and songwriter remarkable life and career, in his own words.
Listen in as Pete unabashedly shares historical and family stories; tells of learning the banjo, traveling with Woody Guthrie, and finding commercial success with The Weavers; explains how he wrote books and put together songs; delves into controversial subjects like communism and the Peekskill Riots; and highlights those he admired and respected, including Bruce Springsteen, who honoured Pete with his Seeger Sessions album in 2006.
Pete and David share the heavy lifting as they tackle subjects such as the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Pete's relationship to Greenwich Village, and the need for copyright reform. Together, they describe how Pete put his worldview into practice in his local community, how he lived with local hero status in later life, and how they made recordings together that resulted in two Grammy Awards.
Minimally edited to preserve Seeger's trademark cadence, the book is punctuated by historical images and additional commentary from David as well as other musicians and friends. Readers will come to know Pete more deeply as they hear this gentle, principled man's voice resonate in their own heads, and along the way perhaps they might absorb some of his humility and willingness to respect those whose opinions differed greatly from his own--vital qualities in these troubled and divisive times.'There is no one more important as a source of inspiration and process in the world of folk music than Pete.' Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)