With the passing of Pete Seeger on Monday, we have lost one of the true giants of modern music, culture and activism. It’s no exaggeration to say that without Pete Seeger, contemporary music as we know it today would sound totally different. Pete was one of the major influences behind the 1950’s/’60’s Folk Revival, which formed a vital bridge between the traditional songs of yesteryear, and the rapidly evolving music of the 1960’s. His blend of musicianship with activism also inspired a generation of arising singers to take a conscientious stance on many issues. His spirit will go right on inspiring people long into the future, as long as there’s a song to be sung. I’ll let his songs speak for him now – I’ll just say I feel like I’ve lost an old friend – an old friend of the World. You made the World a better place, Pete, and for that you’re surely bound for glory.
To Hear Your Banjo Play – Pete Seeger – 1947
Tzena, Tzena, Tzena – The Weavers – 1950
Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome
Pete Seeger – The Power of Song (2007 Documentary)
Pete Seeger – If I Had A Hammer – Songs of Hope and Struggle (Anthology)