Saturday, June 17, 2006

Peter, Paul & Mary

No this is not about the New Testament. It's about 3 singer-songwriters who spoke for a generation. CNN puts it this way:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Peter, Paul & Mary didn't just have hits -- they gave voice to a social movement and sang some of the most iconic tunes in pop history, including "Blowin' in the Wind," "Puff, the Magic Dragon," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

Yet when asked to name the ingredients of a classic song, Noel (Paul) Stookey -- one third of the trio -- downplayed the importance of the artist.

"When it speaks to the specific, I think it probably dies a trendy death, but when it speaks to the larger question ... the eternal questions, then I think it becomes a classic," Stookey told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I think the performer plays a surprisingly small part ... I don't think it's the performer, I think it's the fact that it touches a subsequent generation."

The Songwriters Hall of Fame he group is honoring Peter, Paul & Mary - Peter Yarrow, Noel "Paul" Stookey and Mary Travers - with its Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual induction ceremonies Thursday night.

Peter, Paul & Mary are folk legends. Their career has spanned more than 40 years. They helped to define the era of social upheaval. They were present at some of most defining moments of the boomer generation, including the March on Washington in 1963. And they still sing & perform together.

Peter, Paul & Mary take us back to a simplier time. Although it certainly wasn't simple at the time. It was also a time when it was politically correct to be speak out.

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