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RIP Pete Seeger

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by HanSenSE, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/arts/music/pete-seeger-songwriter-and-champion-of-folk-music-dies-at-94.html?_r=0
     
  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Turn, turn, turn.


    One of the giants of the giants.
     
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Pete does not deserve the SJ RIP treatment. Header should be "Pete Seeger died."
     
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I read about his passing and came on here because I wanted to post before cranberry.

    RIP.
     
  5. vicd

    vicd Member

    RIP to one of my favorite socialists. I imagine he's yelling at Jesus to turn down that damn electric guitar right now.
     
  6. JR

    JR Active Member

    The world needs more Peter Seegers today than ever before

    RIP
     
  7. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    Pete Seeger was a little too far to the left for my tastes, but there's no denying his impact on his times. And unlike some of the genre, he walked the walk. After Woody Guthrie, Seeger was the godfather of American folk music in the 20th century. Yeah, he deserves an RIP.
     
  8. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    I caught a late train this morning but, sure, I teared up a little reading the obits on the way.

    Obviously, I've been a fan forever. I had the opportunity to see him up-close in 1990 when he played at a rally for the striking Daily News workers (Lou Reed played that day, too). In recent years, I've been a regular at the Clearwater Festival on the Hudson River where he focused on the kids' program, trying to inspire the next generation of environmental activists.

    I loved that Seeger's activism was never an angry activism, even though he probably had good reason to be angry in the '50s and early '60s when he was standing up to House Un-American Activities Committee and subsequently blackballed from network television. Gentle, idealistic and optimistic are good words to describe him.

     
  9. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    It's hard to believe we actually had the House Un-American Activities Committee terrorizing people the way it was in the 1950s. Pete Seger handled it as beautifully as anyone could have, and without cowering at all to the bully tactics.

    http://www.peteseeger.net/HUAC.htm

    "I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it."

    . ... and when they kept at it. ...

    "I feel that in my whole life I have never done anything of any conspiratorial nature and I resent very much and very deeply the implication of being called before this Committee that in some way because my opinions may be different from yours, or yours, Mr. Willis, or yours, Mr. Scherer, that I am any less of an American than anybody else. I love my country very deeply, sir."
     
  10. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Seeger then offered to sing some of his songs for the committee, which apparently wasn't amused.
     
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    They wouldn't have to ask now. They could just go to the NSA to find out.
     
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    He didn't seem very proud to be a -- big or little "c" -- communist.

    Hard to believe the Times could write his obit without including the name "Stalin".

    But, hey, he realized 40 years later he was wrong about Uncle Joe.
     
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