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50 Years with Peter Paul and Mary


50 Years With Peter Paul & Mary

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 12/10/16

I loved this DVD because I love Peter Paul & Mary and all of their music. They had a long career, but most of the documentary is about their life in the 60's and just a little in the 70's and 80's. It's not just about how they got together, and the music they made, but also what effect they had on music, and on other musicians, and about their activism.

The documentary is a reasonable length, and there are also extra songs that they include on the disk. There are no other features. Still, any fan of theirs, or of the 60's or of folk music should enjoy it. Even if you've watched other documentaries about them, this has stuff you haven't seen before.


50 YEARS WITH PETER, PAUL AND MARY is a new documentary by four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/ director Jim Brown that focuses on portions of the trio’s career not included in earlier PBS specials. This program features rare and previously unseen television footage including a BBC program from the early 1960s that embodies many of the trio’s best performances and most popular songs. This is Peter, Paul and Mary at the peak of their artistry, a time when this popular and influential trio dominated the Billboard music charts. 

From the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village, to the Civil Rights and anti-war era of the 1960s, through the decades of their later advocacy and music, to Mary Travers’ moving memorial, and finally to the present, where their legacy continues to inform and inspire successive generations, this far deeper and more intimate exploration of the trio reveals the impact of their artistry and activism on their generation and the world.

50 YEARS WITH PETER, PAUL AND MARY features these songs:

  • “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”
  • “Five Hundred Miles”
  • “If I Had My Way”
  • “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
  • “Early Mornin’ Rain”
  •  “Puff, the Magic Dragon”
  • “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)”
  • “Blowin’ in the Wind”
  • “The Times They Are a-Changin’”
  • “Cruel War”
  • “If You Love Your Country”
  •  “The Great Mandala”  
  • “I Dig Rock and Roll Music”
  • “Hymn”
  • “There But For Fortune”
  • “Day Is Done”
  •  “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee)”
  • “Stewball”
  • “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”
  • “Sweet Survivor”
  •  “Leaving on a Jet Plane”
  • “Don’t Laugh at Me”
  • “We Shall Not Be Moved”
  • “One Light Many Candles” (“One & Many” Reprise)
  • “Tell It on the Mountain”

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