Folk musician and activist Peter Yarrow


Some of the big names of American contemporary folk music are Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan … and three musicians whose last names are not as well known.

Mary Travers, Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey, and Peter Yarrow, better known simply as Peter, Paul and Mary, performed together for nearly 50 years, playing hits such as Lemon Tree, If I Had a Hammer, Puff the Magic Dragon and Leaving on a Jet Plane. Mary Travers died in 2009, but Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey continue to perform together, as well as pursue solo careers they started during the 1970s.

Peter Yarrow, who was in Tokyo last November, is my next guest on the show, and in addition to music, we talked about bullying, which is what brought Peter to Japan. Peter came to Japan to release an album called Never Give Up: Inside the Heart of Peter Yarrow, and the title track is a song based on a poem by the Dalai Lama, who was also in Japan for the song’s release.

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