Pete Seeger Passes

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PeteSeegerA man I have respected for my entire life has passed away. He will be sorely missed, but the legacy he leaves and the paths he cut will endure. He was active in the struggle until the very end of his life. I hope that when I pass that the same can be said.

There is an excellent article by Dorian Lynskey at The Guardian has written an excellent reprise – “Pete Seeger: the man who brought politics to music.” He states:

One of Pete Seeger’s greatest achievements was incorporating political activism into music, and realising that liberation struggles need a soundtrack.

Also from that article:

“Pete Seeger was a good man. There aren’t many musicians you can say that about without seeming simplistic. Music is often progressed by flawed, volatile, glamorous egotists, and thank God for them. But Seeger carved out his place in history with a quieter, rarer set of qualities: nobility, generosity, humility and, when things got rough, breathtaking courage. Perhaps uniquely, he became one of the most important singers in America without ever being a star, because he believed in the song rather than the singer.Pete Seeger was a good man. There aren’t many musicians you can say that about without seeming simplistic. Music is often progressed by flawed, volatile, glamorous egotists, and thank God for them. But Seeger carved out his place in history with a quieter, rarer set of qualities: nobility, generosity, humility and, when things got rough, breathtaking courage. Perhaps uniquely, he became one of the most important singers in America without ever being a star, because he believed in the song rather than the singer.”

The 6 minute clip below says a lot about Seeger. He discusses “We Shall Overcome.” A song that largely became associated with him. He gives the real roots of the song – including a tobacco worker Lucille Simmons. The clip is important because it represents the character of Pete Seeger, and that was what made his contributions so significant. [YouTube URL: http://youtu.be/N-FmQEFFFko]

 

 

I highly recommend Lynskey’s article.

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