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Smithsonian Releases Pete Seeger's 'Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960'

Story posted April 18, 2012

Since Bowdoin magazine reported it in a Fall 2009 story about WBOR, we've heard from many alumni who have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Pete Seeger album The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960. We're happy to say the wait is over—Smithsonian Folkways Recordings officially released the album April 17.


This is Seeger’s earliest available complete concert recording and the only available complete “community concert” recording. The live album features 35 tracks on two discs, including two songs — “Al Smith Holds the Bottle” and “I Had A Dream” — unavailable on any other Seeger recording. Listen to a preview of “Penny’s Farm

As fans are well aware, after being blacklisted during the red scare of the 1950s, folk song revivalist, civil rights advocate, and social activist Pete Seeger began performing unannounced “community concerts” at schools, camps and community centers. Seeger considers these performances to be some of his most important work.

The album is available through the Bowdoin College Bookstore, and through Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

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