Between 1965 and 1966, Pete Seeger produced 39 unrehearsed episodes of Rainbow Quest. Filmed in black-and-white at a studio at WNJU-TV, a New York based UHF station, Rainbow Quest was the kind of show that would soon vanish from the mainstream airwaves. It featured Seeger and other musicians, many of them little-know, playing folk, bluegrass and the blues. We've collected some of our favorite clips from the show.
Episode One: The Clancy Brothers
Episode Three: Elizabeth Cotton
Episode Six: Malvina Reynolds
Episode Eight: New Lost City Ramblers
Episode Seventeen: Roscoe Holcomb with Jean Redpath
Episode Twenty-Five: Mamou Cajun Band
Episode Thirty-Six: Mississippi John Hurt
Episode Thirty-Eight: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Episode Thirty-Nine: Johnny Cash and June Carter
Noah Chestnut is Director of New Republic Labs.