Noel Paul Stookey from Peter, Paul and Mary has rewritten “America the Beautiful.” His wife called him audacious, but Stookey said he was only following the spirit and tradition of folk music.
Although some believe folk music to be dead, Stookey said it is alive and thriving. His own songwriting is a testament and only part of a movement inspired by the folk era of the 1960s that redefined music’s role in the world. Peter, Paul and Mary are some of the unquestionable leaders of that musical era.
Stookey and Peter Yarrow will perform at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, in a concert “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peter, Paul and Mary.” It will be their fourth time performing in Chautauqua, but their first performance without Mary, who died in 2009.