The world lost a monumental folk icon on January 27 when Pete Seeger passed away at 94. To celebrate his life, PBS is now streaming their 2008 documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song free online.
The documentary explores Seeger’s life with the help of interviews with family members and fellow greats like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Power features footage of his early performances, take a visual tour of the many (many) places he lived over the years, and captures him in his later years doing things like joyfully singing as he chops wood.
As the title implies, The Power of Song shows us just how much Seeger believed in the extraordinary ability of music to enact change, and how he spread that belief to his audiences. “He had this amazing ability to look at a group of people, and to make them all sing parts of the songs,” Dylan says. “Whether you wanted to or not, you found yourself singing a part. And it’d be beautiful.”
In addition to streaming online, the documentary will broadcast on PBS tonight at 7:30 p.m.