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There they are, in glorious black and white; three
young musicians hand-in-hand, running toward a concert stage in a blur
of joyous motion. The two men are dressed in natty dark suits and carry
acoustic guitars; between them is a woman, her long, blonde hair flying
behind her. Their feet hardly seem to touch the ground.
You can find this photo in the gatefold cover of
Peter, Paul And Mary's 1964 In Concert album. But really, it's an
image that could've come from any one of hundreds of their performances
during their tumultuous early days. It captures the trios's unbridled
energy and palpable sense of mission. They look ready and eager to take
on the world.
It was quite a world they were taking on. Peter
Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers came together as a group at
the dawn of John F. Kennedy's Presidency, where the tight lid of
repression was about to blow off of the American sociopolitical stew
pot. They arrived on the cultural scene just as their nation was coming
to grips with long-deferred issues, foremost among them the demand for
racial equality. And, like countless other Americans, they decided they
couldn't remain neutral during this time of reckoning.
What happened from that point on is the stuff of