Pete Seeger, activist, singer, songwriter and musician has passed away at the age of 94 years. His activism and music served as an inspiration to many. I can feel the loss in my heart. Now he is among the other great people who were a catalyst of social change now and in the 20th century.
Many people don't know, but Pete was the nephew of poet Alan Seeger, the author of 'I Have a Rendezvous with Death.' (Alan died in battle during World War I at the age of 28 and that poem was a favorite of President John F. Kennedy.) It would be an appropriate day to read that poem again.
I know all those songs...(except the last)...but I have always been most terrible at connecting specific songs to their writers/artists. I am familiar with those songs from the Peter, Paul and Mary albums..... hate to show my ignorance, but was Pete Seeger the "Peter" of that band, or was PP&M just what we now call a 'cover band?'
I loved all those folk songs "back in the day" and think they are still good music with relevant lyrics. I'm glad Pete Seegar lived to the great age of 94. He leaves behind a life full of achievement. RIP.
I read an interesting article in a heavy metal magazine (of all places) a while ago that mentioned Mr. Seeger. Apparently during the height of the Cold War in the 1960s, Pete Seeger was the first American musician to be invited to come play in Russia. All other American music was, of course, banned because of its "Decadent" or "evil" nature but the Russian authorities felt that Mr. Seeger was a "kindred spirit" that their people could relate to. Years later, of course, nearly every big Western rock band has traveled to Russia at least once (Scorpions, AC/DC, Metallica, etc.) but Pete Seeger led the way!!
Hahahahaha!! Actually, I think we have Germany to thank for that. Their fanaticism for The Hoff's music (and that epic clip of him singing atop the crumbling Berlin Wall, in a neon jacket) led to him becoming the unofficial mascot of the Fall of Communism (with the Scorpions' "Wind of Change" as the theme song...)
OMG ! Was he really serious? I hope the people in Russia do not relate that sorry excuse for a show to all of us. I much more enjoyed the Sponge Bob cartoon when Hasselhoff rescued Sponge Bob and Patrick on a surf board.
Pete Seeger was greatly loved and appreciated -- Hassel hog not so much.
As a music fan I always had an fascination with music's connection to the protest movement and it's link to social activism. I actually did a series of hubs on the topic of protest songs. Pete Seeger was an important part of the development of socially conscious music. RIP
It is. I plan on eventually continuing my series of protest songs hubs, and I was planning on doing one on anti-war protest songs. Big Muddy would definitely fit into that. "We Shall Overcome" (a traditional tune which he modified and popularized) made my list of civil rights protest songs. He truly was an important artist.
He was a wonderful talent from a simpler and gentler time. The themes of his songs brought people together and his melodies beautiful. He lived a long and productive life. May be rest in peace, which he sang about.
I am much appreciative for the comments and threads that have branched out regarding this forum on the passing of Pete Seeger. Some of you have shared interesting information that can educate the readers and myself included. Keep on commenting as long as you wish. My thanks are extended to the commentators. Peace, Social and Environmental Justice
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