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Lee is a piano man. Every night, he plays jazz for the crowd. It sounds something like this:<P><P> Plink-a-plink-BOMP-plink-plink.<P> Yimba-timba-TANG-ZANG-ZANG.<P> One night, Lee's bandmates notice something is off. Lee's music comes out like this:<P> Ronk. Phip. Tonk.<P> There's no way to hide it: Lee is losing his hearing. Then Lee discovers sign language. And soon after, he meets Max, who plays the sax. Together they form a new band-the Deaf Musicians. But who will listen to a deaf musician? <P> With The Deaf Musicians, Pete Seeger, Paul DuBois Jacobs, and three-time Coretta Scott King Honor winner R. Gregory Christie present an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles, set to a jazzy score.<P> OO-AH, BE-DOOP, BE-DOOP, OO-AH, YEAH!<P> Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award
Long an icon of American musical and political life, Pete Seeger has written eloquently in a diverse array of publications but nowhere is his life story more personally chronicled than in these, his private writings, documents and letters stored for decades in his family barn. Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words, collects Seeger's letters, notes, published articles, rough drafts, stories and poetry - creating the most intimate picture yet available of Seeger as a musician, an activist and a family man. The book covers the passions, personalities and experiences of a lifetime of struggle - from the pre-WWII labour movement and the Communist Party, to Woody Guthrie, the Civil Rights movement and the struggle against the war in Vietnam. The portrait that emerges is not of a saint, but a flesh-and-blood man, struggling to understand his time and his place.