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Sharleen Leahey: Back to the Future?

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, evidenced only by her silent "r"s , Sharleen counts as her strongest influences the revolutionary songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Boby Dylan, and Phil Ochs.

So what's it all about, a sixties person transplanting that style into another decade and then some? What's her goal?

It was published way before my interview, in one of several favorable reviews of her work:

My goal is to keep building "songs for peace" as an outlet for my own songwriting and recording and to continue to develop programs for schools and other community- based groups to fulfill the founding mission statement: "transforming our lives through music.

She is so happy that Pete Seeger is still on the roads with his timeless songs, having already crossed into his nineties. Back in the 1980s, when she met him, she also met legendary songwriter and Broadside magazine publisher [the late] Sis Cunningham, who inspired her to create a new outlet for independent artists to reach a broader audience.

In 1993, with guidance and advice from Sis and Pete Seeger, Shar founded Songs for Peace magazine. Over the next six years, she published more than one hundred songs on peace, ecology, and human rights.

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Clearly unstoppable. Clearly here just in time to remind us what we must do before being devoured by the blind greed of the .5 percent. Protest bravely. Pass the torch on to our children. Our world was changed by the sixties, whatever nightmares followed. There is a way back into those sixties dreams, sings Sharlene Leahey . Let's follow her.


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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for since 2006. Her original website,, first entered the blogosphere in 2003. She recently became an editor for She has in the past taught (more...)

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