The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time
This music documentary traces the success of The Weavers (Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman, Lee Hays), who helped introduce America to its own folk music. Although the group formed to play for labor unions, they became popular when poverty forced them to take a job at a nightclub. Within months The Weavers had one of the the top-selling records of 1950 ("Goodnight Irene"), offers for their own television show, and lucrative concert tours. They were abruptly blacklisted at the height of the McCarthy era because of their left-wing politics. Almost forced out of existence, The Weavers defied the blacklist by playing a historic concert at Carnegie Hall in 1955, which inspired the folk revival. Nearly 25 years later, The Weavers got together to play the triumphant farewell concert that is captured in The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time!