On May 3, iconic folk singer Pete Seeger will be 93, but that doesn’t mean he’s hung up his gloves just yet. In 2008, he released the appropriately titled At 89, and now, he’s reissuing his 1960 performance at Bowdoin College in its entirety, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways.
The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960 was recorded during Seeger’s targeting by the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee. Despite being blacklisted and indicted for refusing to answer questions about his political beliefs, Seeger trekked across the continent, playing “community concerts” to fans who saw Seeger as a trailblazing songwriter and social activist.
The entire recorded concert will be released next week, but you can listen to The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960, a week early on Rdio. Listen to it below, and follow influencer Smithsonian Folkways for more significant recordings from America’s musical past.