Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SO LONG, PETE

Pete Seeger has died.

To some of us, this is the passing of an age.  Here's an excerpt from his obituary in the New York Times.

Mr. Seeger’s career carried him from singing at labor rallies to the Top 10 to college auditoriums to folk festivals, and from a conviction for contempt of Congress (after defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s) to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama.

That's quite a career.  I saw him perform with Arlo Guthrie - as he often did - once at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.  He celebrated folk music.  He was one of the good guys.  Rest in peace, Pete.


13 comments:

  1. Bring back folk music...please!

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  2. As you said, Pete was one of the good guys.

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  3. Indeed he was. However I'm afraid it's one of those times when I find myself under the impression that he'd passed away long ago, I suppose because so many of his generation and crowd have done.

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    1. One could be excused for thinking that. He was 94.

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  4. Oh yes, meant to say how much I like your white tiger!

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  5. Great American voice and conscience. Interviewed him a couple of times. A gentle soul he was, with politics of steel.

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  6. Mike & I watched a documentary about him & the Hudson river one time - it was fascinating! Or maybe it was about his whole life & the part I remember most was his advocacy for the Hudson...

    We got a two CD set tribute album of his songs (Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger). It's really well done.

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