Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

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Farewell to a true hero, a tireless teacher and activist, a veritable encyclopedia of folk music and one of the greatest Americans who ever lived. He was a patriot in the best sense of the word and he outlived most of the fascists, cowards and fools who tried to shut him up. Honor him today by learning more about him: read the obituaries and the transcript of Seeger’s appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee, in which he basically tells the committee it can go screw itself. Track down the fine PBS American Masters episode “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” (2011), spend some time on You Tube. And, above all, sing out.

The Troubadour

The Peace Activist

The Antiwar Song that CBS Tried to Cut from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1968)

The Folk Historian

The Passing of the Torch