For the Love of Pete! A Celebration of the Re-Release of Pete Seeger’s Autobiography, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

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Pete Seeger, folk singer extraordinaire, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), an international human rights organization based in Cambridge, Mass., have long been recognized for their dedication to social and political activism. On May 21, 2005, a special benefit concert, “For the Love of Pete!, brings these two forces together to celebrate the re-release of Pete Seeger’s autobiography, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? and explore Pete’s contributions to social justice and American music. Proceeds will benefit the programs of UUSC. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the main sanctuary of the Community Church, 40 East 35th St. (between Park and Madison Aves.), New York City.

The evening’s program features settings of some of Pete’s best loved songs and music performed by the Work o’ the Weavers (David Bernz, James Durst, Mark Murphy and Martha Sandefer) along with gospel powerhouse Hope Johnson, jazz saxophonist Stan Strickland, and guitarist/singer Jim Scott. The Community Church Choir will back up the featured performers. Folk singer and UUSC activist Geoff Kaufman, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Pete Seeger will be on hand to narrate and share the stories and music of his long career, in this show arranged and directed by Jim Scott especially for this occasion. Charlie Clements, UUSC president and himself a lifelong social activist, will be on hand to introduce the evening’s events.

The event is co-sponsored by the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club (http://www.folkmusicny.org). David M. Kleiman of Heritage Muse, Inc. is the producer.

Tickets may be purchased in advance, beginning March 1, through UUSC’s website at http://www.uusc.org. Seats are $25. Copies of Seeger’s revised and re-released musical autobiography, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, will be available for purchase.

Pete Seeger, a Grammy Award winner and 1995 recipient of Kennedy Center honors, has perhaps done more than any other living performer to preserve, broadcast, and redistribute folk music. His hits like ”On Top Of Old Smoky,” “Wimoweh,” “Goodnight Irene,” “So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya,” “We Shall Overcome,” “If I Had a Hammer”, and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” have helped to shape our cultural consciousness. His early work with Alan Lomax; his pro-union, anti-fascist performances with Woody Guthrie and the Almanac Singers during the ‘30s and ‘40s; the years with The Weavers and later a solo performer have earned him both raves for the music and curses for his politics. In more recent years, Pete’s environmental activism, particularly his work with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and her educational activities, has made a measurable difference in both the quality of the water and the quality of life along the Hudson.

Founded to help rescue victims of Nazi terror in Europe, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has battled oppression and promoted human rights and social justice around the world for over 65 years. Today, UUSC works in the United States and internationally on issues of environmental justice with a focus on the human right to water, civil liberties with a focus on ending U.S.-sanctioned torture and economic justice with a focus on support for a living wage and fair trade.

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