The Book

How Can I Keep From Singing? The Ballad of Pete Seeger (Ballantine, 2008) is the companion volume to the radio series by producer and host, David Dunaway.

"This biography is a beauty. It captures not only the life of the bard but the world of which he sings."
- Studs Terkel

"An extraordinary tale of an extraordinary man... [that] will intrigue not only his legions of followers but everyone interested in one man's battles and victories."
- Chicago Sun Times

"A fine and meticulous biography . . . Dunaway has taken [Seeger's] materials and woven them into a detailed, interesting, and well-written narrative of a most fascinating life."
- American Music

"We boldly recommend David King Dunaway's biography of Pete Seeger."
- Playboy


For those interested in epic music biographies, political activism, and the folk music revival--or anyone looking for a truly American story, HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? The Ballad of Pete Seeger (Ballantine, 2008) reveals how the son of a respectable Puritan family became a consummate performer and American rebel. Updated with new research and interviews, unpublished photographs, and thoughtful comments from Pete Seeger himself, HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? is an inside history of a man whom Carl Sandburg called “America’s Tuning Fork.” In this award-winning biography, the only work on Seeger, David Dunaway parts the curtain through hundreds of interviews with Pete, his family, friends, and fellow musicians to present a compelling portrait of a most remarkable performer, composer, and activist.