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Pete Seeger: Photos And A Great 1947 Film Tribute To The American Folk Great

by | 28th, January 2014

- In this Aug. 28, 1948 file photo, former Vice President and 1948 Progressive Party presidential candidate, Henry A. Wallace, making a political tour of the south, listens to Pete Seeger, on a plane between Norfolk and Richmond. Seeger's influence is incalculable. He's the rare artist whose music and message transcends time, speaking to his children and their children and on and on. The son of a socialist musicologist and a violinist, he began leading others in song at 8 and was introduced to protest music around 12. (AP Photo, File)


LAST night in New York  Pete Seeger  died. He was 94 . The patrician captured the mood of the masses. As it says on his website:

For nearly 70 years as a performer, Pete Seeger has embodied the ideals of folk music communication, entertainment, social comment, historical continuity, inclusiveness . The songs he has written, and those he has discovered and shared, have helped preserve our cultural heritage, imprinting adults and children with the sounds, traditions and values of our global past and present. A fearless warrior for social justice and the environment, Pete’s political activism from the Civil Rights movement and anti-McCarthyism to resistance to fascism and the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East has become the template for subsequent generations of musicians and ordinary citizens with something to say about the world.


Folk singer Pete Seeger performs during an anti-hydraulic fracturing rally before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)


In his 90s, Seeger gave the Occupy Wall Street movement a direction and a voice. He was there to castigate BP for the spill in the Gulf. In September 2013, Seeger performed the Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land at Farm Aid while being joined on stage by John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young.  He said: “Friends, at 94 I don’t have much of a voice left. But here’s a song I think you know, and if you sing it, why, we’ll make a good sound.” He added the verse “New York was made to be frack free!” 


The Weavers, a folk group first organized in 1948, perform in a 25th Anniversary Reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Nov. 28, 1980. From left are: Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)



Pete Seeger and Willie Nelson on stage during the Farm Aid 2013 concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink) Gov. Kenneth Curtis of Maine, left, skipper Alan Aunapu (center), and folk singer Pete Seeger at launching ceremonies for the sloop Clearwater at South Bristol, Maine in May 1969. (AP Photo) File-This Oct. 14, 1994, file photo shows President Clinton presenting folk musician Pete Seeger with a 1994 National Medal of Arts, in Washington at the White House. The American troubadour, folk singer and activist Seeger died Monday Jan. 27, 2014, at age 94. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, File) Singer Pete Seeger, left, and Carly Simon sing an ecology “protest” song during a benefit to save the nation’s rivers and streams from industrial pollution and natural erosion, on Monday, Feb. 1, 1983 at New York’s Studio 54. (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye) Singer Pete Seeger, left, and Carly Simon sing an ecology “protest”

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