Why I Cried Today

I love folk music, I love Pete Seeger, so this just sent me over the edge:

For those of you who got here too late, apparently HBO is hunting down all the YouTube clips that feature any performer.  Boo on them.  Unless you happened to have hi-speed internet or the right cable company,  Americans could not  enjoy watching this 89-year-old activist singing, on public land for God’s sake, This Land is Your Land, for the incoming administration.  HBO must have missed the irony, given this verse in the famous song by Woody Guthrie:

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;
That side was made for you and me.

I don’t know how long this clip will survive, here’s another try:

Addition on January 22nd: HBO apparently has seen the light. They sent me this reply to my objection to the removal of the YouTube clips of the concert at the Lincoln Memorial:

Please understand that any HBO programming is treated almost
automatically with the same type of diligence to protect our content.

However, HBO agrees this historic inaugural event should not fall under
the guidelines of our traditional original programming. Consequently,
we will be reinstating any clips of the event, with the exception of
content pieces resulting in the full coverage of the event.

We appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts on this matter
with us.

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4 thoughts on “Why I Cried Today

  1. I loved the whole program. We were away Sunday so I Recorded it and then watched it that evening. All the performers were my favorites; James Taylor, John Mellancamp, etc. I have such hope for our new President and can’t wait until he takes office and has the opportunity to make a change! 🙂

    Debbie

  2. Yes, I’m so glad Seeger got the chance, after all the blacklisting, etc. And he got to do the full version of the song, not the happy-happy sanitized version!

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