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Peter Yarrow: I Was Shut Out of Obama Inauguration (but Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Story updated Sept. 17, 2009 to reflect yesterday’s passing of Mary Travers at age 72 , after a long battle with leukemia.

He came, he sang, but in the end, he couldn’t conquer the crowd.

That’s the tale of woe Peter Yarrow tells host Andrea Garrison on this week’s edition of Online with Andrea.

“They called it the ‘Purple Tunnel of Doom,’” Peter tells us of the jam-packed entrance to his one-time stage.

“They called it the Purple Tunnel of Doom," Peter tells us of the jam-packed entrance to his one-time stage.

On January 17, the legend- ary folk singer—who in 1963, with Peter, Paul & Mary mates Paul Stookey and the late Mary Travers, perform- ed on the National Mall after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech—serenaded more than 1,000 youngsters at the Children’s Inaugural Ball at the National Historical Society in Washington, D.C.

Three days later, however, at around 7:00 a.m., Peter Continue reading