Pete Seeger

American folk singer Pete Seeger

Peter "Pete" Seeger is an American folk singer. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of The Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era.
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Birthday
03 May 1919
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Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Rolling Stone - about 6 years
This collection assembled in honor of Amnesty International's 50th birthday is stuffed with 80 artists from <a class="fplink fp-218417" href="/pete+seeger+1">Pete Seeger</a> (folk-music deity b 1919) to <a class="fplink fp-198799" href="/miley+cyrus+1">Miley Cyrus</a> (hot mess b 1992) Revelation and humor are in as short supply as hip-hop; instead you get a good catchall for a great cause with...
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Pete Seeger enters 9th decade as an activist
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Tao Rodriguez-Seeger was halfway through Friday night's march down Broadway to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, a guitar strapped over his shoulder and his grandfather <a class="fplink fp-218417" href="/pete+seeger">Pete Seeger</a> at his side. Suddenly a New York City police officer stepped from the crowd and grabbed his elbow.
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Occupy Wall Street protesters serenaded by Pete Seeger - Los Angeles Times
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ABC News Occupy Wall Street protesters serenaded by <a class="fplink fp-218417" href="/pete+seeger">Pete Seeger</a> Los Angeles Times Folk music legend <a class="fplink fp-218417" href="/pete+seeger">Pete Seeger</a> led Occupy Wall Street protesters in song late Friday in Manhattan. Seeger, 92, had joined marchers on the Upper West Side earlier in the evening. When they reached Columbus Circle, he led them in a rendition of “This ... <a class="fplink fp-218417" href="/pete+seeger">Pete Seeger</a>, Arlo Guthrie march with Occupy Wallstreet protestUSA Today Latest developments in the global Occupy protestsBoston.com Latest developments in the Occupy protests occurring in places around the worldWashington Post NY1 -NPR -San Francisco Chronicle all 634 news articles »
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Pete Seeger, pals attend NYC protest
USA Today - over 6 years
Folk music legend <a class="fplink fp-218417" href="/pete+seeger">Pete Seeger</a> joined in the Occupy Wall Street protest Friday night, replacing his banjo with two canes
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Wooden Wand releasing 6-LP set of archival material around Thanksgiving in ... - Tiny Mix Tapes
Google News - over 6 years
... which, like Mermaid Avenue, sets Guthrie&#39;s previously unpublished lyrics to new music (this time from Jim James and Jay Farrar), and Note of Hope, an all-star tribute album featuring Lou Reed, Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, and Jackson Browne
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Labor's Marching Tunes - Voice of America (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
As I told you in a recent posting about folk music&#39;s troubadours, Pete Seeger, shown here as a young labor-song performer, is still at it at age 92. (Library of Congress) Those were the days when Woody Guthrie, the “Dust Bowl Troubadour,” sang of
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The Nightwatchman: World Wide Rebel Songs - Paste Magazine
Google News - over 6 years
What emerges is Pete Seeger on steroids. The triumph and the stridency of tracks like “Union Town,” which closes WWRS and anchors his pro-labor EP of the same title, remind listeners that people have the power but must access their dignity and
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Goodnight Irene: Wishing for Better Air Travel Dreams - Portfolio.com (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
As the great Pete Seeger, who lives just a few miles from where I&#39;ve had to set up shop in a hotel in Fishkill, New York, would sing: Goodnight, Irene. No one will miss this particular storm. The air-travel system is getting up off its knees and very
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Clearwater Festival in Asbury Park Saturday - Asbury Park Press (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
The start of New Jersey Friends of Clearwater, and their annual festival, can be linked back to Pete Seeger, who 40 years ago built a replica of a 19th century sloop and sailed it up and down the Hudson River, stopping to talk to people about water
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Country rebel Steve Earle: Singer, novelist, actor, Renaissance man and 'Harry ... - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
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The prolific Earle also is in the midst of finishing work on another play, this one about folk legend Pete Seeger&#39;s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. It&#39;s just another way Earle has paid tribute to influential
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 94
    Seeger died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on January 27, 2014, at the age of 94.
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  • 2013
    Age 93
    On September 21, 2013, Pete Seeger performed at Farm Aid at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.
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    On August 9, 2013, one month widowed, Seeger was in New York City for the 400-year commemoration of the Two Row Wampum Treaty between the Iroquois and the Dutch.
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    Toshi died in Beacon on July 9, 2013 and Pete died in New York City on January 27, 2014.
    On April 9, 2013, Hachette Audio Books issued an audiobook entitled Pete Seeger: The Storm King; Stories, Narratives, Poems.
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  • 2012
    Age 92
    On December 14, 2012, Seeger performed, along with Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne, Common and others, at a concert to bring awareness to the 37-year-long ordeal of Native American Activist Leonard Peltier.
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  • 2011
    Age 91
    On October 21, 2011, at age 92, Pete Seeger was part of a solidarity march with Occupy Wall Street to Columbus Circle in New York City.
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  • 2010
    Age 90
    In 2010, still active at the age of 91, Seeger co-wrote and performed the song God's Counting on Me, God's Counting on You with Lorre Wyatt, commenting on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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  • 2009
    Age 89
    On September 19, 2009, Seeger made his first appearance at the 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival, which was particularly notable because the festival does not normally feature folk artists.
    On May 3, 2009, at the Clearwater Concert, dozens of musicians gathered in New York at Madison Square Garden to celebrate Seeger's 90th birthday (which was later televised on PBS during the summer), ranging from Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Eric Weissberg, Ani DiFranco and Roger McGuinn to Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Joanne Shenandoah, R.
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    Almost 50 years later, in February 2009, the San Diego School District officially extended an apology to Seeger for the actions of their predecessors.
    On January 18, 2009, Seeger and his grandson Tao Rodríguez-Seeger joined Bruce Springsteen, and the crowd in singing the Woody Guthrie song "This Land Is Your Land" in the finale of Barack Obama's Inaugural concert in Washington, D.C. The performance was noteworthy for the inclusion of two verses not often included in the song, one about a "private property" sign the narrator cheerfully ignores, and the other making a passing reference to a Depression-era relief office.
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  • 2008
    Age 88
    In September 2008, Appleseed Recordings released At 89, Seeger's first studio album in 12 years.
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  • 2007
    Age 87
    On March 16, 2007, Pete Seeger, his sister Peggy, his brothers Mike and John, his wife Toshi, and other family members spoke and performed at a symposium and concert sponsored by the American Folklife Center in honor of the Seeger family, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where Pete Seeger had been employed by the Archive of American Folk Song 67 years earlier.
    In 2007, in response to criticism from a historian Ron Radosh, a former Trotskyite who now writes for the conservative National Review—Seeger wrote a song condemning Stalin, "Big Joe Blues": "I'm singing about old Joe, cruel Joe. / He ruled with an iron hand. /He put an end to the dreams / Of so many in every land. / He had a chance to make / A brand new start for the human race. / Instead he set it back / Right in the same nasty place. / I got the Big Joe Blues. / Keep your mouth shut or you will die fast. / I got the Big Joe Blues. / Do this job, no questions asked. / I got the Big Joe Blues."
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  • 1995
    Age 75
    In a 1995 interview, however, he insisted that "I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it." In recent years, as the aging Seeger began to garner awards and recognition for his lifelong activism, he also found himself criticized once again for his opinions and associations of the 1930s and 1940s. In 2006, David Boaz—Voice of America and NPR commentator and president of the libertarian Cato Institute—wrote an opinion piece in The Guardian, entitled "Stalin's Songbird" in which he excoriated The New Yorker and The New York Times for lauding Seeger.
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  • 1982
    Age 62
    In 1982, Seeger performed at a benefit concert for Poland's Solidarity resistance movement.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1978
    Age 58
    In 1978, Seeger joined American folk, blues, and jazz singer Barbara Dane at a rally in New York for striking coal miners.
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  • 1977
    Age 57
    Being a supporter of progressive labor unions, Seeger had supported Ed Sadlowski in his bid for the presidency of the United Steelworkers of America. In 1977 Seeger appeared at a fundraiser in Homestead, Pennsylvania.
  • 1972
    Age 52
    In the documentary film The Power of Song, Seeger mentions that he and his family visited North Vietnam in 1972.
  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 49
    At the November 15, 1969, Vietnam Moratorium March on Washington, DC, Seeger led 500,000 protesters in singing John Lennon's song "Give Peace a Chance" as they rallied across from the White House.
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  • 1967
    Age 47
    Although the performance was cut from the September 1967 show, after wide publicity it was broadcast when Seeger appeared again on the Smothers' Brothers show in the following January.
    Seeger attracted wider attention starting in 1967 with his song "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy", about a captain—referred to in the lyrics as "the big fool"—who drowned while leading a platoon on maneuvers in Louisiana during World War II.
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  • 1966
    Age 46
    During 1966 Seeger and Malvina Reynolds took part in environmental activism.
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    A longstanding opponent of the arms race and of the Vietnam War, Seeger satirically attacked then-President Lyndon Johnson with his 1966 recording, on the album Dangerous Songs!?, of Len Chandler's children's song, "Beans in My Ears".
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  • 1965
    Age 45
    There was a widely repeated story that Seeger was so upset over the extremely loud amplified sound that Dylan, backed by members of the Butterfield Blues Band, brought into the 1965 Newport Folk Festival that he threatened to disconnect the equipment.
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    Thirty-nine hour-long programs were recorded at WNJU's Newark studios in 1965 and 1966, produced by Seeger and his wife Toshi, with Sholom Rubinstein.
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  • 1963
    Age 43
    Seeger toured Australia in 1963.
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    Seeger also was closely associated with the Civil Rights Movement and in 1963 helped organize a landmark Carnegie Hall concert, featuring the youthful Freedom Singers, as a benefit for the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee.
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  • 1960
    Age 40
    In 1960, the San Diego school board told him that he could not play a scheduled concert at a high school unless he signed an oath pledging that the concert would not be used to promote a communist agenda or an overthrow of the government.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1957
    Age 37
    Seeger's refusal to answer questions that violated his fundamental Constitutional rights led to a March 26, 1957, indictment for contempt of Congress; for some years, he had to keep the federal government apprised of where he was going any time he left the Southern District of New York.
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  • 1950
    Age 30
    Alone among the many witnesses after the 1950 conviction and imprisonment of the Hollywood Ten for contempt of Congress, Seeger refused to plead the Fifth Amendment (which would have asserted that his testimony might be self incriminating) and instead, as the Hollywood Ten had done, refused to name personal and political associations on the grounds that this would violate his First Amendment rights: "I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 29
    He left the CPUSA in 1949 but remained friends with some who did not leave it, though he argued with them about it.
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  • 1948
    Age 28
    In 1948, Seeger wrote the first version of his now-classic How to Play the Five-String Banjo, a book that many banjo players credit with starting them off on the instrument.
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  • 1944
    Age 24
    Their first child, Peter Ōta Seeger, was born in 1944 and died at six months, while Pete was deployed overseas.
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  • 1943
    Age 23
    In 1943, Pete married Toshi-Aline Ōta, whom he credited with being the support that helped make the rest of his life possible. The couple remained married until Toshi's death in July 2013.
  • 1941
    Age 21
    As a self-described "split tenor" (between an alto and a tenor), Pete Seeger was a founding member of two highly influential folk groups: The Almanac Singers and the Weavers. The Almanac Singers, which Seeger co-founded in 1941 with Millard Lampell and Arkansas singer and activist Lee Hays, was a topical group, designed to function as a singing newspaper promoting the industrial unionization movement, racial and religious inclusion, and other progressive causes.
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    The march, which many regard as the first manifestation of the Civil Rights Movement, was canceled after President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 (The Fair Employment Act) of June 25, 1941, barring discrimination in hiring by companies holding federal contracts for defense work.
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    In a review in the June 1941 Atlantic Monthly, entitled "The Poison in Our System," he pronounced Songs for John Doe " strictly subversive and illegal," " whether Communist or Nazi financed," and "a matter for the attorney general," observing further that "mere" legal "suppression" would not be sufficient to counteract this type of populist poison, the poison being folk music, and the ease with which it could be spread.
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    In the spring of 1941, the twenty-one-year-old Seeger performed as a member of the Almanac Singers along with Millard Lampell, Cisco Houston, Woody Guthrie, Butch and Bess Lomax Hawes, and Lee Hays.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1936
    Age 16
    In 1936, at the age of 17, Pete Seeger joined the Young Communist League (YCL), then at the height of its popularity and influence.
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    During the summer of 1936, while traveling with his father and stepmother, Pete heard the five-string banjo for the first time at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in western North Carolina near Asheville, organized by local folklorist, lecturer, and traditional music performer Bascom Lamar Lunsford, whom Charles Seeger had hired for Farm Resettlement music projects.
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    At thirteen, Seeger enrolled in the Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut from which he graduated in 1936.
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  • 1935
    Age 15
    In 1935, Pete attended Camp Rising Sun, an international leadership camp held every summer in upstate New York that influenced his life's work.
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  • 1932
    Age 12
    Charles and Constance divorced when Pete was seven, and in 1932 Charles married his composition student and assistant, Ruth Crawford, now considered by many to be one of the most important modernist composers of the 20th century.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Born
    Seeger was born on May 3, 1919 at the French Hospital, Midtown Manhattan.
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