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Pete Seeger is the Greatest!
Pete Seeger's long career is un-rivalled in its quality and length among American folk and protest singers. He was born in Manhattan in 1919 and grew up in Berkeley. He sang at Barack Obama's inauguration concert in 2008, and he's still going strong in 2011. He was a member of The Weavers and was blacklisted for his anti-war activities and because he had joined the Communist Party at age 17. His FBI file no doubt rivals that of any entertainer. Name a noble cause and Seeger has written and recorded a song in support of it. His songs range from supporting worker strikes for a living wage, racial equality, anti-war songs, songs in support of clean air and water and international disarmament.
Some of the most popular songs that we wrote or co-wrote and recorded are Where Have all the Flowers Gone, If I had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn and his anti-Vietnam War song Waist Deep in the Big Muddy. His 10-year sentence for refusing to testify before the McCarthy committee was overturned on appeal. Seeger supported Roosevelt's declaration of war in 1941, and he served in the Army in the Pacific in World War II.
More than any other single individual, Seeger has been responsible for the cleanup of the Hudson River which is plied by every summer by his sloop Clearwater. The Great Hudson River Revival (aka Clearwater Festival) is an annual two-day music festival held on the banks of the Hudson at Croton Point Park. This festival grew out of early fundraising concerts arranged by Seeger and friends to raise money to pay for Clearwater's construction.