American Folk Legend Pete Seeger Dead at 94

Songwriter’s storied career colored 20th century America

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American Folk pioneer and social activist Pete Seeger died of natural causes at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on Monday, according to family members reports the New York Times. The folk icon was 94 years old.

Seeger’s storied career saw him play with fellow folk legend Woody Guthrie, blacklisted for being a member of the Communist Party, perform duos with a young Bob Dylan and pen and popularize several anti-war songs and civil rights anthems during the turbulent 1960s that are now regarded as American classics. Among the songs he wrote or co-wrote are “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

President Obama issued a statement Tuesday morning honoring both the singer’s musicianship and his activism. “Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community – to stand up for what’s right, speak out against what’s wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be,” the statement read in part. “Over the years, Pete used his voice – and his hammer – to strike blows for worker’s rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along.”

[NYT]

15 comments
barry_shitepoke
barry_shitepoke

All these old America haters are kicking the bucket, this new crop of communists aren't as much fun to laugh at.

KenSteinhoff
KenSteinhoff

Pete was a class act. I saw him several times, but the concert I enjoyed most was at White Springs, FL., in 1977. Here are photos I shot for The Palm Beach Post that night.


http://www.capecentralhigh.com/not-exactly-cape/pete-seeger-songs-of-my-life/


He was prime Pete that night. But, what really impressed me was what happened after the performance. He opened up the dressing room and stuck around until the last person had come in to talk with him, get an autograph or just shake his hand. He never rushed anyone and he was particularly kind to kids.


Then, when he had given time to everyone, he hoisted his guitar and banjo over his shoulder and walked out into the night. This was a man who didn't care what color his M&Ms were in his dressing room.

NancyGreen
NancyGreen

His career stretched from the Great Depression to today's Recession. We still forget that the workers are the wealth creators. When will we ever learn?

mark120953
mark120953

  Lots of folks did not agree with Pete Seeger and yet Lots of parents took their children to his concerts and other appearances over the decades. The music inspired so many just like it inspired him to help adapt the gospel tune which became We Shall Overcome. There is an office in Manhattan that still manages its copyright and shares royalties with worthy individuals and causes. Think of another song that helped change our world. Think of all the causes Pete Seeger supported from Civil Rights to Environmental Protection like the Hudson River cleanup via the Clearwater. And so,for the haters out there,Shame on You,but for the rest of us,today is a good day to play his music or his many friends music like Arlo Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen. Pete Seeger was always a part of our lives and how lucky we are to have the Weavers,his banjo and his Patriotism still with us.

Openminded1
Openminded1

94 it is about time, maybe 40 years to long.

HeatherSharp
HeatherSharp

Good riddance. Communists murdered well over 100 million people last century. The only good communist is a dead one.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mark120953 Patriotism my ass, he was militant and disrespectful. Your idea of a patriot is not the same as mine.

RyanScottG
RyanScottG

@HeatherSharp Pete Seeger neither committed murder nor did he assist in the murder of anyone so your "good riddance" is wildly misplaced.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mark120953 @Openminded1 I am a vietnam veteran, I remember his big mouth about vietnam war veterans. Disrespectful ass that he was. no legend to me, more like Jane Fonda.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@NJR @Openminded1 @mark120953 I know why we left nam moron, i did not want to be there either, but I was and saw first hand what went on there. I have a great memory and i also remember Pete on a stage with Jane fonda protesting the war in 1969. Maybe you missed that I did not. And I am a former marine 3rd marine division in Vietnam 1967 to 1969  along the DMZ . I spent my time from 1966 to 1970 in the corp, then I spent 30 years on a major police force. I love my country too, And I can say anything i want about seeger , fonda and vietnam and I do not care if its a trading partner. I have no problems with the people of vietnam, just morons like you who jump to conclusions.

NJR
NJR

@Openminded1@mark120953I was US Marine Corps '62 to '68. I served honorably and still love my Country and 'The Corps.You are either an outright liar or you have a bad memory or you're  'parrotting' someone else's stupid remark. Pete Seeger in his writing, singing and speaking NEVER  disparaged the troops;. However he was always vocal about his perceptions of the 'waste and tragedy of war and the waste and dishonesty of those wars based on lies.We eventually left Viet Nam because the majority of our Nation realized that we had no true mission of any meaning there. Walter Kronkite reported that to the Nation and there were no calls for him to be fired???? You don't have to agree or like Pete Seeger . You have no right to lie about him. Meanwhile it is ironic that Viet Nam is an active 'trading partner' with the USA now ; as well as a popular tourist destination for Americans. Why did we have to lose almost 60,000 of our  people to a lie? What has benefited our Country and our people from having been entangled in Viet Nam?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mark120953 @Openminded1 Six years in jersey is an issue in itself, But many of my fellow vets died or where maimed not to mention how many of us suffer 40 years later from PTSD and agent orange effects. No matter weather you or dead pete agreed with the war or not it was not the fault of the veterans who served and we deserved more respect from people like him, fonda and many other big mouths who did not serve, like her ex husband Tom who like many others ended up in Canada.

mark120953
mark120953

@Openminded1@mark120953 

   I did six years the easy way,Army Reserve in Jersey. I also marched against the Vietnam War. I respect your service and you can write what you want about Mr.Seeger but he did a lot more good than General Westmoreland and Abrams etc. We get nice imported furniture,nail salons and fish farms from Vietnam now but the War was a huge mistake. We kind of agree about Hanoi Jane though.