Film by J. Bob Alotta
A Freedom Singer Shares The Music Of The Movement
National Public Radio, February 11, 2010
“…Neal Conan talks with Reagon and her daughter, Toshi Reagon, about the creation, impact and influence of music during the civil rights movement.
Hear some field recordings of the music sung by the Freedom Singers for mass meetings and conferences organized during the civil rights movement…”
A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement
The New York Times review Wednesday, February 10, 2010
…Some of the songs sounded ready to accompany new struggles. Ms. Reagon led the Freedom Singers as a trio, wearing African-tinged choir robes and backed by her daughter Toshi on guitar. The Freedom Singers, who sang for rallies alongside Dr. King, are elderly now, but they tore into “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round” with fierce, jubilant call-and-response. Ms. Reagon paused the music partway through to instruct the audience.
“You have to actually sing this song,” she said. “You can never tell when you might need it.”
Read about Toshi’s Cool Persons… Want something to think about?
Toshi participated in the celebration of her godfather Pete’s 90th birthday documented in this two disc, over three hour DVD set.
All proceeds of this remarkable DVD will benefit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a non-profit enviromental advocacy and education organization founded by Pete Seeger over forty years ago that is dedicated to protecting the Hudson River and creating the next generation of environmental leaders.
Just one of a million brilliant moments at the post-election show, November 9, 2009, Joe’s Pub, NYC.
Filmed by J.Bob Alotta