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What Pete Seeger Taught Me About Activism
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What Pete Seeger Taught Me About Activism

(Mother Jones) It was 2008, and I was there ostensibly to write for the New York Times about Seeger’s weekly Saturday protests against the Iraq War. But the secret reason I went was because I’d recently entered local politics, and I wanted to know how a man who’d been castigated, blacklisted, and stoned, had kept the faith. … Continue reading

Catskill Cultural Center Saved, and Renewed, Thanks to a Fiddler’s Tune
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Catskill Cultural Center Saved, and Renewed, Thanks to a Fiddler’s Tune

(New York Times) OLIVEBRIDGE, N.Y. — On a spring Sunday in the Catskill Mountains, Jay Ungar, a fiddler wearing a black vest and hiking boots, and his wife, Molly Mason, playing guitar, stood on a stage in a barnlike performance hall that did not exist a year ago. “Can you stand to hear this tune … Continue reading

More Musings on “Ashokan Farewell”
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More Musings on “Ashokan Farewell”

The Places “Ashokan Farewell” Has Taken Jay Ungar — I had to leave this story out of the New York Times piece I wrote about Jay Ungar’s bittersweet song, “Ashokan Farewell,” but I love it: In the spring of 2006, Ungar and his wife, the musician Molly Mason, joined renowned flutist Sir James Galway in … Continue reading