Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: O Mary Don’t You Weep

Time once again for our usual midday Wednesday feature.

In April 2006, Bruce Springsteen culminated his return to the musical mainstream by recording We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. Inspired by the work of folksinger-and-activist Pete Seeger, fifteen songs were recorded in three one-day sessions. It is, for the most part, completely unrehearsed -- you can hear Springsteen in the background yelling out chord changes -- and the result led to a live concert in Dublin in November of that same year.

Pete Seeger was said to have criticized the project upon release, for not being political enough. Obviously there is a part of the term "public domain" which he doesn't quite get.

This video is from one of the original sessions.

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