The Books

How Can I Keep From Singing? The Ballad of Pete Seeger (Ballantine, 2008) is the companion volume to the radio series by producer and host, David Dunaway.

“This biography is a beauty. It captures not only the life of the bard but the world of which he sings.”
- Studs Terkel

“An extraordinary tale of an extraordinary man... [that] will intrigue not only his legions of followers but everyone interested in one man's battles and victories.”
- Chicago Sun Times

“A fine and meticulous biography . . . Dunaway has taken [Seeger's] materials and woven them into a detailed, interesting, and well–written narrative of a most fascinating life.”
- American Music

“We boldly recommend David King Dunaway's biography of Pete Seeger.”
- Playboy


For those interested in epic music biographies, political activism, and the folk music revival – or anyone looking for a truly American story, HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? The Ballad of Pete Seeger (Ballantine, 2008) reveals how the son of a respectable Puritan family became a consummate performer and American rebel. Updated with new research and interviews, unpublished photographs, and thoughtful comments from Pete Seeger himself, HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? is an inside history of a man whom Carl Sandburg called “America’s Tuning Fork.” In this award–winning biography, the only work on Seeger, David Dunaway parts the curtain through hundreds of interviews with Pete, his family, friends, and fellow musicians to present a compelling portrait of a most remarkable performer, composer, and activist.


Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals is an oral history of the North American folk music revivals and folk music by David Dunaway and Molly Beer. Forward by Pete Seeger.

Singing Out is a story of one of the links in what I think of as one of the world’s most important chains, namely the chain of people’s singers. I’m proud to be one of these links; I hope there are many more links to come. I’m glad there’s a book about such links.”

- Pete Seeger in Singing Out


For everyone who ever picked up a guitar, fiddle, or banjo, this will be a book to give and cherish. With extensive notes, a bibliography and discography, plus an attractive photo section, Singing Out paints a colorful and imformative portrait of folk music in the latter half of the twentieth century.





A Pete Seeger Discography Cover


A Pete Seeger Discography offers details of Seeger’s recording history, including album titles, songs, artists, publishing information, exact recording dates (if known), and original release dates and re-releases of all recordings. The book is organized chronologically and categorized by albums, singles, private pressings, and foreign releases.


Pete Seeger is one of the most prolific musicians in American history, and his recording catalog tells the story not just of his career but also of our culture and its political and social history.