Wednesday, January 29, 2014

R. I. P. Pete Seeger

Troubadour ... Folk Singer ... Peace Activist ... Environmentalist ... and great American.

94 years is a great hunk of a century - and Pete Seeger had such a huge impact on the 20th century.  He had a huge impact on folk music, on the civil rights movement THROUGH his music, indeed, on history. He seemed
to me to be a simple, gentle man...gentle with strong views that he gently imparted through his music.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone ... Turn, Turn, Turn ... We Shall Overcome ...  If I Had a Hammer ...  all his, whether he wrote them, arranged them, or made them part of forever Americana.

My words cannot say enough about the man.  Here's one lead-in to the story of his death:  Pete Seeger, the iconic banjo-strumming folk singer and activist who performed for migrant workers and presidents, died on Monday. He was 94.  That comes from NBC News..

Or this one:  NEW YORK (AP) -- Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011.
Though he would later admit the attention embarrassed him, the moment brought back many feelings and memories as he instructed yet another generation of young people how to effect change through song and determination -- as he had done over the last seven decades as a history-sifting singer and ever-so-gentle rabble-rouser. This comes from MSN Entertainment.

The Washington Post has a well-researched obituary.

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