Peter, Paul & Mary
It was in 1961 when Peter, Paul & Mary stood on stage in front of the infamous brick wall at The Bitter End coffee house on Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village. The Bitter End is still there today and Peter Paul & Mary are still performing 40 concerts a year.
What began as individual solo careers in the Village became a "family" through the insight, creativity and foresight of Albert Grossman, their mentor and manager. Grossman at that time was managing Bob Dylan, who two years later in 1963 wrote the "In The Wind" album liner notes - - the album is a classic and Dylan's notes are a poetic tribute to Peter Paul & Mary.
During the first ten years they recorded about one album a
year and many of the songs are classics - "Blowin' In The Wind,"
"If I Had A Hammer," "Puff, The Magic Dragon,"
"Lemon Tree," "Where Have All The Flowers Gone," "Stewball,"
"500 Miles," "Leaving On A Jet Plane," "This Land Is
Your Land." During the 60's the times were-a changin' . . . but over the
last forty years PP&M's commitment to the struggles for social justice have
not - - - that commitment is as strong today as ever.
Folk Music Archives has interviewed Peter, Paul & Mary as
Noel, the "Paul" of the PP&M lives in northern Massachusetts,
near Vermont. Folk Music Archives
interviewed Noel at his home on the campuses of Northfield Mount Herman school
on Tuesday, January 23, 2001.
Noel moved to New York City at the age of 20 to be
a photographer. The Greenwich Village burgeoning arts and folk scene were
a match made in heaven. His easygoing Midwestern personality quickly found him on
stage as a master of ceremonies, comedian and sometime singer and song writer.
"Those were exciting times," Noel said, but as he tells his personal
story, those times would lead to an extraordinary change in his life.
Peter Yarrow was
born in New York City. He has been on the frontlines of the civil rights
movement most of his life. Peter has never wavered from his conscience, concern
and commitment for a better and more compassionate world.
The entire interview is 1:11 minutes, including the songs: "Blowin' In The Wind;" There But For Fortune;" "Don't Laugh At Me;" Weavers At Carnegie Hall: "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine;" "If I Had A Hammer;" and "Because All Men Are Brothers."
Photo of Peter Yarrow: Warner Bros. Album
Mary Travers was interviewed on February 23, 2001 in her Connecticut home. This is a special personal one-on-one interview recorded in her living room on a beautiful crisp snowy day with her dog "Peaches" under the table. For nearly three hours Mary's candor, humor, politics, family, the "Village" days, musical career of Peter, Paul & Mary . . . and her childhood days in New York - the "Little Red School House", Moe Asch, Pete Seeger, The Weavers . . . reveal the personal side of this warm - - - outspoken and compassionate person.
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