Saturday, February 1, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger (1919-2014), folk music legend and peace, civil rights and environmental activist, passed away on Monday. Seeger's compositions reflected his activism, including the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome," adapted from spirituals, along with "If I Had a Hammer" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Above, joined by his grandson, Seeger sang "Guantanamera" at Wolf Trap National Park, Virginia, 1993. As always, he invited the audience to join in. Seeger once said, "When a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling higher, then we know there is hope for the world."

Listen to a comprehensive tribute to Pete Seeger on the St. James Infirmary music show, hosted by my good friend Michael Mand. Also listen to clips of Seeger interviewed by Bill Moyers on dissent, environmentalism and his hope for a better world.


Michael J. Mand said...

I'm not a fatalist, but I have to wonder, considering that Pete Seeger was probably the most visible activist folk singer of all time, whether his long life is attributable to the importance of his message. Once again, thanks for the plug. I try to earn it each week.

Jeff Tone said...

I don't know what accounts for Pete Seeger's longevity, but he had a life well lived.

You certainly earn the plug with your outstanding show.