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Pete Seeger

Postby Smudger on Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:48 am
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US folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, whose songs included Turn! Turn! Turn! and If I Had A Hammer, has died at the age of 94.
He died at a New York hospital after a short illness, his grandson said.
Seeger gained fame in The Weavers, formed in 1948, and continued to perform in his own right in a career spanning six decades.


Here's a great version of one of his best known songs:
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby kev on Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:53 am
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He certainly made an impact. I heard part of an interview with him on radio 4 this morning from the 60s and he was talking passionately about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer and wanting to do something about ..... here we are 50 years later and sod all's changed!
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby lo&m on Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:52 pm
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Political Folk music has just lost one of its longest serving brothers. A man of heart and soul and principle. He started playing and singing at 15, 79 years of being an active campaigner on all sorts of things from racial prejudice to water pollution. Named by McCarthy for being a communist, he was shunned by tv & radio for a lot of years. Whether he actually was a communist or not is a moot point. He never said if he was or not, he just refused to name his friends who were.
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You can't make out the words written on his banjo there but they are these.
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Billy Bragg said, "Pete Seeger towered over the folk scene like a mighty redwood for 75 years. He travelled with Woody Guthrie in the 1940s, stood up to Joe McCarthy in the 50s, marched with Dr Martin Luther King in the 60s. His songs will be sung wherever people struggle for their rights. We shall overcome." And he was still active as late as last year, marching with the occupy wall st movement.
Musically, he left us so many fine songs: Turn, Turn, Turn; If I had A Hammer; Where Have All The Flowers Gone?; Little Boxes (Reynolds); Kisses Sweeter Than Wine; My Rainbow Race and more.
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby Moshe on Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:42 pm
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Sad to hear he has gone. My parents were fans of his & his Carnegie Hall Concert album was one I used to listen to constantly. There was another vinyl lp of his I purchased in my teens "Pete Seeger Sings John Henry & other Folk Favourites" (snappy title, eh?). Included neat versions of "Way Out there" & "Hobo's lullaby".
A man of principle & integrity.
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby kev on Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:31 am
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For Clive:

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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby lo&m on Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:15 pm
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The following article is a treat for lovers of the banjo. It's about Pete Seeger's famous longneck banjo which is as old as I am. Non-banjo enthusiasts may lose interest before the end.
http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/magazine/great-lengths
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby kev on Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:18 pm
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lo&m wrote:Non-banjo enthusiasts may lose interest before the end.


:lol: That reminds me of the old "People of a nervous disposition" type warnings!
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby Moshe on Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:34 pm
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kev wrote:For Clive:


Nice version, Kev!
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby kev on Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:12 pm
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Great album!
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby lo&m on Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:43 pm
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What is very likely Pete's last letter to a fan.
http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/online/pete-seegers-last-letter
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Re: Pete Seeger

Postby kev on Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:50 pm
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lo&m wrote:What is very likely Pete's last letter to a fan.
http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/online/pete-seegers-last-letter


Nice story!
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