Interview, Peter Yarrow, part 1



Like a Brazilian football player, folk musician Peter Yarrow is best known by only one name. He’s the “Peter” in Peter, Paul and Mary, one of the iconic music groups of the 1960s, whose songs sold millions of copies and provided the soundtrack to the protest movements of that era.

The group’s hits included Puff the Magic Dragon, If I Had a Hammer and Blowing in the Wind, and although Mary Travers died in 2009, Yarrow and bandmate Paul Stookey continue to play the group’s music together, as well as pursue separate musical careers.

In 2000, Yarrow founded Operation Respect, an organization that works to fight bullying and violence in schools and that has reached tens of thousands of children and educators all over the world with its message.

Late last year, Yarrow was in Tokyo to release a new song, Never Give Up, adapted from a poem written by the Dalai Lama and aimed at combating bullying and harassment in schools. I met Yarrow right after the official release of the song, with the Dalai Lama in attendance, and we talked at length about his music career, as well as his campaign to halt bullying.

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ピーターは2000年には「Operation Respect」というイジメや校内暴力と戦う組織を発足。世界中の子供たちや教育者たちにメッセージを届けています。

昨年末に新曲「Never Give Up」のリリースのため、東京を訪れたヤーロウですが、新曲の歌詞には、ダライラマの言葉を引用し、イジメや校内のハラスメントと戦う内容になっています。


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