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Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life

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Finally . . . here is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, through their own words and with iconic images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. The very best of thousands of photographs, many rare and never before published, taken over five decades by some of Finally . . . here is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, through their own words and with iconic images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. The very best of thousands of photographs, many rare and never before published, taken over five decades by some of the world’s top photographers, follow them from their earliest performances in the 1960s, when Mary was the most desired, beautiful, and charismatic performer and a new role model for women. Follow the trio as they lead America to discover the passionate soul of folk music. Join the struggle for racial equality, social justice, and freedom in this memorable journey, from the historic 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr., to the trio’s appearance before a half million people in 1969 to end the Vietnam War, to their singing at the Hollywood Bowl for Survival Sunday in 1978, helping to launch the anti-nuke movement, the world’s first international environmental movement. Through these images, you can feel and almost hear the trio’s songs calling for a more caring, better world as you see them performing with a courage and conviction that became for so many the embodiment and sound track of their generation’s awakening to conscience, to activism, and to a new dream for all of humankind. Peter, Paul, and Mary’s songs of defiant hope and a certain unmasked innocence are still a powerful part of our American consciousness, and this book reenacts the history of how the trio marked our lives with their indelible stamp of honesty of the sort we yearn to recapture and recreate in our own time—for ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.


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Finally . . . here is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, through their own words and with iconic images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. The very best of thousands of photographs, many rare and never before published, taken over five decades by some of Finally . . . here is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, through their own words and with iconic images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. The very best of thousands of photographs, many rare and never before published, taken over five decades by some of the world’s top photographers, follow them from their earliest performances in the 1960s, when Mary was the most desired, beautiful, and charismatic performer and a new role model for women. Follow the trio as they lead America to discover the passionate soul of folk music. Join the struggle for racial equality, social justice, and freedom in this memorable journey, from the historic 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr., to the trio’s appearance before a half million people in 1969 to end the Vietnam War, to their singing at the Hollywood Bowl for Survival Sunday in 1978, helping to launch the anti-nuke movement, the world’s first international environmental movement. Through these images, you can feel and almost hear the trio’s songs calling for a more caring, better world as you see them performing with a courage and conviction that became for so many the embodiment and sound track of their generation’s awakening to conscience, to activism, and to a new dream for all of humankind. Peter, Paul, and Mary’s songs of defiant hope and a certain unmasked innocence are still a powerful part of our American consciousness, and this book reenacts the history of how the trio marked our lives with their indelible stamp of honesty of the sort we yearn to recapture and recreate in our own time—for ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.

30 review for Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    There are so many words that I could use to describe Peter, Paul and Mary, but I think the best description would be that Peter, Paul and Mary were a patch in the patchwork quilt of American Folk Music. After reading this book, I learned that they are so much more than just a thread in the tapestry. I knew that this group was most popular in the 60's, but I did not know how much of an influence they and their music had on the Civil Rights period. Also, they marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. i There are so many words that I could use to describe Peter, Paul and Mary, but I think the best description would be that Peter, Paul and Mary were a patch in the patchwork quilt of American Folk Music. After reading this book, I learned that they are so much more than just a thread in the tapestry. I knew that this group was most popular in the 60's, but I did not know how much of an influence they and their music had on the Civil Rights period. Also, they marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington and "If I had a Hammer" was one of their most popular songs for this period. Anyways, this book does not shove anything down your throat. It is an almost gentle history of Peter, Paul and Mary -- think "Puff the Magic Dragon". I especially loved learning about their families at the end of the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mickie

    get out your tissues and sing along. The world is a better place because Peter, Paul and Mary have been in it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Floyd Williams

    This is an excellent coffee table book. It is a combination of beautiful pictures and clear, descriptive prose taking us from the Bitter End days to Mary's death. Not only were their songs evocative but they practiced what they sang, taking part in most of the social justice movements of their times! The book is worth it for the pictures alone but it is also a story well told. This is an excellent coffee table book. It is a combination of beautiful pictures and clear, descriptive prose taking us from the Bitter End days to Mary's death. Not only were their songs evocative but they practiced what they sang, taking part in most of the social justice movements of their times! The book is worth it for the pictures alone but it is also a story well told.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Beautiful history and pictorial remembrance of this popular and socially active musical group. Their music and legacy still resonates. I was fortunate to see them perform live a few times. I've also see Peter & Paul as recently as 2019. Carry it on! Beautiful history and pictorial remembrance of this popular and socially active musical group. Their music and legacy still resonates. I was fortunate to see them perform live a few times. I've also see Peter & Paul as recently as 2019. Carry it on!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jane Soslow

    Peter, Paul and Mary were inspirational as I grew up identifying with their views on life, politics, and humanity. They influenced several generations and this book will help our current generation understand the impact they had. I encourage those who read it and keep it on their coffee tables to also be sure to actively share their story with the children of today and future generations. Timeless!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    What can I say other than I loved the book, If you are a fan of the group or even if you only know "Puff the Magic Dragon", this book is a definite read. The photography is great, and finding out just how much they were a part of many of the historic moments starting in the 60's was very interesting to learn. I really recommend it. What can I say other than I loved the book, If you are a fan of the group or even if you only know "Puff the Magic Dragon", this book is a definite read. The photography is great, and finding out just how much they were a part of many of the historic moments starting in the 60's was very interesting to learn. I really recommend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    janicec100

    I loved this book. Peter, Paul and Mary were huge influences on my life from a very young age. As an adult, I saw them at Ravinia here in Chicago. This book reminded me of the great causes for which they sang...how wonderful it must have been to be in such a trio. I loved all the photos, along with the words in this book. Definitely a timeless classic.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marge Holt

    Problems. couldn't read captions font very small Even with zooming, and using very large font, just couldn't read the book. Had to try with a professional magnifying glass. Beautiful photos and great coloring. Sad it was not legible. Problems. couldn't read captions font very small Even with zooming, and using very large font, just couldn't read the book. Had to try with a professional magnifying glass. Beautiful photos and great coloring. Sad it was not legible.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Love this book, love this trio This book helps you realize how much Peter, Paul and Mary impacted and changed our World. The beauty of this trio is that they lead with their heart.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Granberg

    I love the music group ... I had the chance to get to see them in Concert around 5-10 times & this is a more of in behind the store of all Three.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Boerrigter

    A must for any PP, and M fan. Wonderful photos and intriguing behind the scenes stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I really enjoyed this book. Beautiful pictures of the trio and the times they lived in.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frank Brennan

    A super read . . . John Kerry introduction is worth the price. Some fine old photos of PP&M, too. If you are a fan, this is a must.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hester

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  18. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Kennard Leech

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Finley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yutaka Sugimoto

  23. 4 out of 5

    mike fleckenstein

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lainey Cullen

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Russ Walsh

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annette C Alder

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tempie Kessler-Roberts

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  30. 5 out of 5

    Grwatlanta

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