Pete & Woody: An Unlikely Friendship
with Pat Lamanna, Steve Suffet, and Richard Mattocks
A PVC Benefit
Created by folksingers Pat Lamanna and Steve Suffet, Pete & Woody: an Unlikely Friendship is a multimedia presentation that explores the relationship between Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Comprising 14 songs performed live by Pat and Steve, 18 historic slides, and a 3,500 word narration read by Richard Mattocks, Pete & Woody starts with this premise: When they first met in 1940, Woody Guthrie became Pete Seeger's mentor, inspiration, and guide who set him on a journey that continued to the day Pete died in 2014. Over time, however, their relationship changed, and after about ten or twelve years Pete Seeger became Woody Guthrie's champion, helping to promote Woody's songs and story even as Woody's mental and physical health began to deteriorate. Pete continued to play the role of Woody's champion after Woody passed away in 1967 at the age of 55, and much of Woody's worldwide popularity today is a result of Pete's efforts. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A and discussion.
Tonight's show is co-sponsored by The Folk Music Society of New York.
NOTE: This contribution is for the livestream only and does NOT include the in person event.