Tom Paxton


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Musician, Songwriter

Tom Paxton spoke eloquently about the role folk music played during critical events in American history, such as the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s for which he was involved with. Tom marched, wrote songs, and played the songs of others, such as Pete Seeger, in order to bring about understanding and resolve in the midst of a troubling time. His words and music have fostered change and acceptance, which is one reason he was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to music. As a songwriter, Tom penned “Ramblin’ Boy”, “Bottle of Wine” and “The Last Thing on My Mind”, which has been covered by several artists over the years including Bob Dylan, Doc Watson, and his first musical mentor, Pete Seeger.