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PETE SEEGER (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) in memoriam


“It is better to have struggled and lost, than never to have struggled at all.”
— Pete Seeger

Young Pete Seeger Courtesy photo
Read about the illustrious Seeger Family at the Library of Congress’ Folklife Center


Visit the newly launched Pete Seeger Appreciation Page

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This Pete Seeger Appreciation Page would be incomplete if it failed to pay tribute to Toshi Seeger, Pete’s wife and partner for almost seventy years; they were married on July 20, 1943. Once Pete wrote: “Thanks to my wife Toshi, without whom the world would not turn nor the sun shine.” She remained by his side through it all, and they both survived with their honesty, their integrity, and their love intact. Sadly, Toshi Seeger passed away on July 9, 2013, just eleven days before what would have been their seventieth wedding anniversary.This photo of Toshi Seeger was taken at the annual Strawberry Festival by Econosmith.
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The world of folk music has lost its legendary singer Pete Seeger, who passed away on January 27, 2014 in New York. He is survived by his son Daniel and daughters Mika and Tinya Seeger.

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(Girl from Guantánamo)

GUANTANAMERA ~ words by Jose MartĂ­, music by Pete Seeger.
Guantanamera‘ is poet Jose MartĂ­’s most famous lyric worldwide.

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Sung & played by José Feliciano


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The Weavers 1951

A collection of all the video recordings for Snader Telescriptions filmed in 1951.
00:00 Tzena Tzena Tzena
02:51 Around The World
06:03 So Long (It’s Been Good to Know You)
09:16 Goodnight, Irene
12:38 The Roving Kind


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Martin Luther King, Pete Seeger, Charis Horton, Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy at Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, TN), 1957


Pete Seeger Tells the Story Behind
“We Shall Overcome”

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Pete Seeger in 1970 on ‘The Johnny Cash Show’

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Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94

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American folksinger Pete Seeger dead, at 94

By David Walsh
30 January 2014


Peter Seeger was born in 1919 into a highly intellectual and musical family, with “Yankee Protestant” roots. His father, Charles Seeger, was a Harvard University-trained composer and musicologist, who developed left-wing views, including sympathy for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and was essentially fired from the University of California in Berkeley for his vocal opposition to World War I.

Seeger’s mother, Constance de Clyver Edson, studied at the Paris Conservatory of Music and was a talented violinist, who later taught at  the Juilliard School. According to David King Dunaway, in How Can I Keep from Singing?: The Ballad of Pete Seeger (1990), “Classical music dominated her life. She communicated through her violin.” His parents divorced when Seeger was very young, and in 1932 his father remarried. Seeger’s stepmother was Ruth Crawford Seeger, a well-known modernist composer.

Seeger began attending Harvard on a scholarship in 1936 (John F. Kennedy was a classmate), but dropped out after his second year, dissatisfied with the cynical atmosphere and restless in the face of the Depression and the threatening events in Europe. While at Harvard, he joined the Young Communist League (his father had also become sympathetic to the Communist Party) …

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Bruce Springsteen celebrated Pete Seeger’s ninetieth birthday by telling the great folk singer and activist, “You outlasted the bastards, man.” And so he did. Seeger, who died on January 27 at 94, was singing with Woody Guthrie when “This Land Is Your Land” was a new song. And because he meant and lived the words of the oft-neglected final verse—“Nobody living can ever stop me, / As I go walking that freedom highway”—Seeger was hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, blacklisted and sent to the sidelines of what was becoming an entertainment industry. But Seeger just kept singing “This Land,” kept writing songs like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” kept playing a banjo inscribed with the message “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender,” and kept rambling across the country and around the world—for every cause from labor rights to civil rights to peace.”
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Mike Iverson: ‘A Folksinger’s Perspective’
‘Why Pete Seeger Is One of My Heroes’
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For Seeger, Years of Singing and Sailing to Save His Hudson River

Joseph Berger
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January 28, 2014

About 65 years ago, he built a one-room log cabin on a hillside on the town’s edge, hand-hewing the wood, laying down the stone foundation, eventually adding a bedroom for his wife, Toshi, and himself, always splitting the logs for the fireplace and wood stove himself. From that base, he worked to clean up the river that flowed nearby — his beloved Hudson, which was suffering death by pollution at the time.

John Cronin, the former head of the environmental group Riverkeeper, remembers spying a solitary older man about two years ago on the Beacon waterfront scooping litter into a plastic bag. When the man stood up he recognized the signature ramrod bearing of Mr. Seeger, his slender six-foot longtime friend.

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Pete with his lifelong partner Toshi Seeger, who died in July of 2013

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One Response to “PETE SEEGER (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) in memoriam”

  1. carl martineau Says:

    thanks al ..
    you ‘ve posted a lot of material
    regarding pete seeger ..
    this is a good resource ..

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