Pittsburgh Town (aka Pittsburgh is a Great Old Town)Creator: Pete Seeger - Topic Category: Commentary, Environmental Issues, Performing Arts Publisher: Pete Seeger - Topic : 19 May, 2015 Tags:acoustic music | folksong | music history | Pittsburgh | steel industry | CHECK IT OUT
Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Pittsburgh Town · Pete Seeger American Industrial Ballads ℗ 1992 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Released on: 1992-01-01
“Pittsburgh Town”, sometimes titled as “Pittsburgh” or “Pittsburgh is a Great Old Town”, is a folk song written by Woody Guthrie and originally recorded by Pete Seeger. The song was written during a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania stop on an Almanac Singers‘ tour; both Seeger and Guthrie were members of the band at this time. The song speaks of the labor and environmental problems that the city was facing in 1941, when the song was written. In the time since, environmental legislation has reduced the pollution problem that plagued Pittsburgh; because of this, the song’s mentions of pollution in Pittsburgh have been sometimes been replaced with verses extolling the city. (Wikipedia, Pittsburgh Town)
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