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Music from Oil Drums (1956) - Pete Seeger

The film presents Pete Seeger (who wrote a manual for playing steel drums) visiting steel drums makers and players in Trinidad

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Comment by vincent harry on February 11, 2014 at 8:02pm

thanks to the presenter of this film this is ,thanks to Pete seeger who just pass , about a year i was watching TV there was this program How They Made IT they had some body from another race demonstrating how steel pan made i wondered were is the historian's of steel pan .I think pete report should be on how they made it, and not the color coded one they show.

Comment by Raffique Shah on January 28, 2014 at 7:25pm

Some years ago, as I researched some protest/message songs that influenced my generation in the 1960s/1970s (Where have all the flowers gone/If I had a hammer), I stumbled on Pete Seeger who wrote these two. I soon learnt that Seeger was more than a writer/singer. He was an activist, a fighter for the downtrodden, a genius who used his music to promote causes.

Then I stumbled on his fascination with our pan music, his visit to TT, and his subsequent efforts to promote pan in the USA at a time when pan music was little known. I knew about the short film he made, but never saw it until now (thanks WST). I learned all I could about this remarkable man and iconic artiste. I watched the video where a phalanx of stars celebrated his 90th birthday. I read where he camped out with the Occupy Wall St movement at age 92.

What more can one say to such a giant as he passes on? Thanks, Pete, for the music, the lyrics, for loving our pan, for marching with King, thanks for everything.

Comment by Hamilton web lexander on January 28, 2014 at 3:19pm

This documentary is very accurate. It shows not only the early development of Pan, but where Highlanders Steel Orchestra originated.The winding road where the cars are passing is Laventille Road. No, not back road Laventille,where many people believe Highlanders originated.The yard where the band is practicing is 109 Laventille Road, it's at the top of Jackson Hill. I was born around that area,the scenery is so real to me it surly brings back memories of my early childhood days.

                                                    Hamilton THE WEB Alexander.


Comment by Brian Copeland on January 28, 2014 at 7:33am

Long before Stalin sang The secret of making pan, Pete Seeger, with panist Kim Loy Wong,  put together media (LP record, print and video/movie) on the then new instrument. The collection is in the Smithsonian. The LP can be purchased at http://www.folkways.si.edu/kim-loy-wong/the-steel-drums-of/caribbea..., . MAy he rest in peace - at the very least he captured some long forgotten images of ourselves.

Comment by terry on January 28, 2014 at 4:56am

US audience exposure to music of the Steel drum was one of his many contributions. RIP


Comment by odw on January 28, 2014 at 4:29am

Rest In Peace my brother...Pete Seeger, the iconic banjo-strumming folk singer and activist who performed for migrant workers and presidents, died on Monday. He was 94.


Comment by Hyacinth ROSAMOND on June 11, 2012 at 12:17pm

yes a brutally honest documentary.....a nice insight into the pân-making process(of that era) ,some highlights on P.O S in that era, and the transfer of skills to another part of the world.... VERY INTERESTING!

Comment by terry on February 16, 2012 at 7:43pm

???PAN'TUM:   In 1956, the steel band (steel drum or ping-pong drum) was NOT OWNED by any company or government (state) entity, that would prohibit its (PAN) employees from disclosing proprietory (confidential, trade, intelectual) information re formula, processes and methods used in PAN production. Also, there was no PATENT.

Lloyd Matheson CBE of Trinidad, an early 1950s Education Officer in St. Kitts, introduced PAN to that island.

Is he guilty of disclosing proprietory information?

Hells Gate Steel Band of Antigua was formed in 1945 (still beating!!) by Antiguans who formerly worked in Trinidad oil field and observed the PAN making process. Would they be guilty (by extension) of illegally obtaining PAN proprietory information?

The REAL reason why US Navy Steeband was chosen to perform at the White House in 1957, instead of one

from T&T....come on! 1957?? in US? you KNOW why!






Comment by Michaele on February 13, 2012 at 12:49pm

Thanks you again WST ! !

This is a true treasure.

Comment by de blacksheep on February 12, 2012 at 10:37am
there are no races on earth!
it is a complete nonses to talk about races!
we are all human beeings witH ONE blood color!
skin colors or different lookalikes don't mean different races!
the "invention" of the word race comes from very stupid people who wanted to devite the people so they don't unite for the revolution against the opressors!

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