Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary reflects on ‘Just Causes,’ the story behind ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’

The singer/songwriter, known as the “Paul” in the ‘60s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, recently released “Just Causes,” a compilation of 15 songs, each highlighting a theme of social concern, including the environment, hunger, and drug trafficking, among others. The star paired each song in with an appropriate non-profit organization to benefit from the album’s net proceeds. 

And Stookey is no stranger to singing for a good cause. The group’s version of “If I Had a Hammer” became an anthem for racial equality. The band famously performed Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” at the August 1963 March on Washington. They also protested the Vietnam war and joined the fight to improve the working conditions of California’s farmworkers – just to name a few.

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'Just Causes' is a carefully curated compilation of 15 songs by Noel Paul Stookey. Each song features a theme of social concern, including hunger, drug trafficking and the environment, among others. <br> The legendary folk singer has paired each song with an appropriate designated non-profit organization to benefit from the album’s net proceeds.

‘Just Causes’ is a carefully curated compilation of 15 songs by Noel Paul Stookey. Each song features a theme of social concern, including hunger, drug trafficking and the environment, among others. <br> The legendary folk singer has paired each song with an appropriate designated non-profit organization to benefit from the album’s net proceeds.

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