Pete Seeger’s 100th bday today, honored with Smithsonian Folkways massive anthology


May 3, on what would have been Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday, Smithsonian Folkways is releasing the definitive anthology Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection to celebrate the folk music vanguard’s lasting legacy.

The box set, which includes 6 discs, with 20 unreleased recordings, and a 200 page hardbound book, has been covered by Vanity Fair, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Democracy Now, and No Depression and a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from Uncut Magazine.

NPR’s flagship weekday program All Things Considered aired an interview with Smithsonian Folkways archivist Jeff Place on Wednesday tied to Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, listen to the segment here:

Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection was produced by Jeff Place and Robert Santelli, the same team who produced the acclaimed box sets Woody at 100 and Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, rounding out a trilogy commemorating three of Folkways’ most iconic recording artists.

Fittingly, there is also a grassroots movement to honor Seeger with over 50 concerts/events scheduled nationwide to celebrate his centennial this weekend and throughout the summer. There are over 35 events taking place in the United States this weekend alone. A full list, as well as previously unreleased concert recordings, photos and videos of Pete, and more are available here:

Smithsonian Folkways is presenting two special concerts honoring Pete this summer: a concert featuring Dan and Claudia Zanes, The Bright Siders (featuring Kristin Andreassen), Sonia De Los Santos, and Elizabeth Mitchell June 30th on the National Mall, as well as a concert July 6th at Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, NY headlined by Happy Traum.

Order the collection here: