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Pete Seeger

Post  Hinch on Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:23 pm

I try not to over-encumber my life by having too many heroes but one of the few I had died yesterday aged 94.

RIP Pete.

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Re: Pete Seeger

Post  Poppyanna555 on Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:06 pm




He lived to a ripe old age, I always loved the song 'where have all the flowers gone'....may he R.I.P
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Post  Manc on Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:52 pm



He was an activist to the end, writing to the captain of the Greenpeace ship Artic Sunrise to show his support. An environmentalist at 94 ... fantastic!


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Post  Hinch on Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:50 am

I like how he had "This machine kills fascists" inscribed on his banjo, an idea copied from his friend and mentor Woodie Guthrie. His sister Peggy, Ewan McColl's widow is still alive and is herself a great banjo play

As you say Manc, he became a great environmental campaigner and fought on many issues.

I still remember him with the Weavers who were absolutely key to the American folk revival. He was on J Edgar Hoover and Nixon's hit list and was a target of the McCarthy witch hunts. He was virtually banned from TV for years in the US.

Bob Dylan was his protege and he threatened to cut through his amplifier feed with an axe during a concert shortly after he went electric.

A fantastic human being.

As said, I try not to have heroes as they invariably let you down but Pete Seeger remained true to his beliefs right to the end.  One of the real Greats.

About his music, he once said, “Some may find them merely diverting melodies. Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong? Not I.”

— Pete Seeger in Rolling Stone, April 13, 1972


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Post  Mulldog on Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:05 pm

I love his version of the Ghost Of Tom Joad with Bruce Springsteen.
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