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Peter "Pete" Seeger (born May 3, 1919) is an American folk singer. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of The Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, and environmental causes.


As a song writer, he is best known as the author or co-author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (with Joe Hickerson), "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)", (composed with Lee Hays of The Weavers), and "Turn, Turn, Turn!", which have been recorded by many artists both in and outside the folk revival movement and are still sung throughout the world. "Flowers" was a hit recording for The Kingston Trio (1962); Marlene Dietrich, who recorded it in English, German and French (1962); and Johnny Rivers (1965). "If I Had a Hammer" was a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary (1962) and Trini Lopez (1963), while The Byrds popularized "Turn, Turn, Turn!" in the mid-1960s, as did Judy Collins in 1964, and The Seekers in 1966. Seeger was one of the folksingers most responsible for popularizing the spiritual "We Shall Overcome" (also recorded by Joan Baez and many other singer-activists) that became the acknowledged anthem of the 1960s American Civil rights Movement, soon after folk singer and activist Guy Carawan introduced it at the founding meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. In the PBS "American Masters" episode Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, Seeger states it was he who changed the lyric from the traditional "We will overcome" to the more singable "We shall overcome".

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July 2: 2018 Music Theatre Conservatory - Best of Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don't Know, But Should. 9:30 p.m.. July 3, 4: David Lutken and The Seat of the Pants Band, "Give Me Liberty, 2018." 9:30 p.m. (July 3); 8 p.m. (July 4). July 8, 9: Leslie Kritzer, "Half Jew, ...
“Pete Seeger's insistence on the banjo being a machine that can destroy hate struck a chord with us in these dissonant times,” Lester says. “If our brewery could bring people together around a common cause, then it could very well function the same as Seeger's machine. The banjo is also a symbol for ...

WEST PARIS — Jim Scott, musician, storyteller and creator of the Pete Seeger Songfest, will lead the 9 a.m. worship service on March 25 at the First Universalist Church of West Paris. His theme will be “Turning Toward the Sun — Rebirth of Light and the New Year.” Scott intersperses songs and personal ...
Sonically they couldn't be more different, but the heart and soul of both traditions is more akin than not and while Joey Ramone and Pete Seeger may seem like an odd couple, the motivations behind “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” and “What Did You Learn in School Today?” sure seem like one and the same.
The fifth annual Pete Seeger Legacy Sing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 18 at MAGMA: Movement Arts Gloucester, 11 Pleasant St. The Legacy Sing invites new songs and new singers to come and share their work. Songs that have an easy to sing-along quality are particularly encouraged.
Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, marking its 40th anniversary in June, will welcome Jeff Tweedy, Rhiannon Giddens, Willie Nile, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore among the first-time performers at the festival, which honors the legacy of the late folk singer and activist Pete Seeger.

“Pete Seeger was a punk,” he laughs. Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs — not the usual fare for fans of blistering punk music. But here's John Warmb of Rent Strike, a claw-hammering banjo player who is producing music that unabashedly blurs the sounds of “Dust Bowl Ballads” with modern punk ...
Fifty years ago this week, folk singer Pete Seeger performed the controversial anti-war song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour show on CBS television. The story of that appearance, and that song, illustrates the tumultuous political tensions of the era and was a bold act ...
“He was always this magical figure,” Lorre Wyatt said of Pete Seeger in a 2013 Recorder interview. “It's rare you find someone who, when you know them offstage, lives up to everything you'd hope they'd be. I've wished more people realized again about Pete, how creative he is, how much he's been a part ...
Fifty years ago today (February 25, 1968) Pete Seeger sang the controversial anti-war song "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour show on CBS. Pete had been blacklisted from network television since the 1950s because of his leftist politics, so for the Smothers brothers to ...
The latest Friday Night Folk presentation in New London — taking place, ah, Friday — is their 5th annual Pete Seeger Tribute Concert. ... Pete Seeger Tribute Concert, Friday Night Folk, 7 p.m. Friday, Unity Hall, All Souls UU Congregation, 19 Jay St., New London; $20 donation requested, reservations ...
The fifth annual Pete Seeger Legacy Sing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 18 at MAGMA: Movement Arts Gloucester, 11 Pleasant St. The Legacy Sing invites new songs and new singers to come and share their work. Songs that have an easy to sing-along quality are particularly encouraged.
Turn!,” a tune written by Pete Seeger and popularized by The Byrds. Hillman has also announced a few dates with Pederson for this spring in support of Hillman's 2017 album Bidin' My Time, which was created in collaboration with Pederson. Their tour kicks off April 19 in Minneapolis, MN. See those dates ...
An anchor of the international folk festival circuit since 1974, the Winnipeg Folk Festival received the Clearwater Award, which was first presented last year to -- and named for -- the Clearwater Festival, established in New York by the late folk musician and activist Pete Seeger. The recognition came during ...
In 1960 Pete Seeger, then one of the leading figures in the US folk music revival, was seeking a powerful 12-string guitar. He was impressed by a guitar made by Stan, and came to Liverpool to order one. The new guitar (Stan's No 10), with its distinctive triangular sound-hole and large black scratch-plate, ...
He went to Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964 to register African-American voters, and to document the civil rights movement in photographs and lead resisters in song. That led to his first published book, co-authored with folksinger Pete Seeger in 1965: The Twelve-String Guitar as Played by ...
A second notion of the “folk” emerged in the 1930s in North America, and later in Britain and Australia, as radical activists such as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie linked popular music styles to the working class politics of the period, as in his “This land is your land, this land is my land”. Thus “folk music” ...

Folk-music historians and activists like Harry Smith, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie helped shape the popular image of folk music as a noble American tradition, but the Kingston Trio were the ones who actually succeeded in turning it into pop. And the song that made them famous was “Tom Dooley,” a ...
One of his earliest books, co-written by folk singer Pete Seeger, was "The 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly," published in 1965. Before his career in academia, he recorded two albums of original music, his photographs of the civil rights movement were included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian ...
When Pete Seeger wrote “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” you were seeing American troops on television, wading through the rivers and the marshes and the swamps of Vietnam, holding their rifles up in the air so they wouldn't get wet, being ambushed from the farthest shore, bodies floating away. And all of ...
Pete Seeger, just as much a political activist as Woody Guthrie if not more so, charted a slightly different course. Seeger would thoughtfully modify Woody's message in his own civil-rights activism by later inscribing, “This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender,” around the rim of his banjo.
"Thank God for the now deceased Pete Seeger, he's really gotten the community together for this." It was Seeger, the late folk icon and activist who lived near Beacon, and the Beacon Sloop Club that began the annual parade five years ago. Seeger wanted a local event that ensured Martin Luther King Jr.
The lyrics of the song "We Shall Overcome" by Pete Seeger quietly set the tone of the fluorescent conference room in the Columbia Public Library on Monday night. Although the song was released in 1947, it later became part of the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement and remains popular among ...
Randy Noojin will perform at the North Coast Rep as America's beloved folksinger/activist Pete Seeger Jan. 29. (Courtesy). North Coast Repertory Theatre will welcome back Randy Noojin as he takes the stage as America's beloved folksinger/activist Pete Seeger Jan. 29. Seeger is a multimedia, solo show that uses ...
The organization provides education on the river and works to maintain its health. The sloop Clearwater is an enduring symbol of the organization Clearwater and its efforts to protect the Hudson Valley. Clearwater was founded in 1966 by Pete Seeger, the late environmentalist and folk singer from Dutchess ...
The FBI has had a long history of persecuting, prosecuting and generally harassing activists, politicians, and cultural figures, most notably among the latter such celebrated names as folk singer Pete Seeger, painter Pablo Picasso, comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, comedian Lenny Bruce and poet ...
“Waist deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool says to push on,” I heard Pete Seeger sing in Washington in 1967. It's a song about a platoon in the Second World War, but everyone knew who the big fool was. The line was electric. Pete was a sing-along performer, and the liberal audience (who else would be at a Pete ...
I had a chance to ask the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner about why the annual folk arts workshop at Warren Wilson was such an important event to him and to find out what Paxton learned from Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, American folk music legends who are the inspiration for the class ...
Reading your responses (for which I thank you) to my post on Bob Dylan's 'Christian period' music, I thought I'd go back through our archives and try to pull together everything I've written about Dylan over the years. I was mainly surprised at just how little I had in fact written. My knowledge of how much ...
But what feeds the guitarist's ego isn't necessarily what listeners are seeking in a song; a simple melody, a good beat, and emotional clarity tend to connect much more directly and powerfully than clever or fancy accompaniment. This is what Pete Seeger, citing Woody Guthrie, called “the genius of simplicity ...
... “A Musical Tribute to Woody Guthrie” at the Hollywood Bowl—a benefit to fight Huntington's Disease, which had killed Woody—also brought out many folk greats, including Joan Baez, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Country Joe McDonald, Odetta, Earl Robinson, and Pete Seeger (with ...
Tania Barricklo-Daily Freeman The Clearwater Sloop remains docked at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, its winter port, surrounded by a frozen Rondout Creek. A small crew does maintenance work in preparation for the coming season when it does environmental education programing up ...
... The Carolans, Nick Evento, Jim Carpenter, Kate Callahan, Kristen Graves, Dan Spurr and Liz Larson, Geoff Kaufman, Hugh Birdsall, Bill Groth and Sue Frankewicz will contribute their talents to the event. Pete Seeger Tribute Concert, Friday Night Folk, 7 p.m. Friday, Unity Hall, All Souls UU Congregation, ...
What makes a great protest song? Passion, certainly. Story. Tension. And timeliness—but not necessarily just for a time. The four songs below combine all those elements with feeling pumped straight from the singers' souls to their vocal cords. And while things may have changed, it's certain they'd all agree ...
Nonprofit Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Rise Up," a call-to-action concert of progressive, energizing music, with guest artist Melanie DeMore and students from Evanston Township High School (ETHS) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at ETHS, 1600 ...
The term pull-off is attributed to Pete Seeger. Seeger wrote and performed, among other famous folk songs, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” which was later covered and popularized by the Byrds. But while Seeger may have received credit for coining the ...
Land and water. The two most important things on the South Fork. In one sense, the water is on top, the land below. In another, the land is on top, the water below. Or it could be that both are on top or both below. It all depends upon your orientation. Without the benefit of X-ray vision we can see the land and ...
... when Jack Kerouac and I gave the first-ever jazz-poetry readings in New York City; when I played with Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Odetta and Pete Seeger in the '60s, and was composing for the Lincoln Center Theater's production of Arthur Miller's After the Fall and Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, ...
That, however, was just about least of the claims that could be made on behalf of the daughter of Charles Seeger, a musicologist, and Ruth Porter Crawford, a classical composer, and the half-sister – younger by 16 years – of Pete Seeger, who would become a founding father of the folk music revival.
Legendary folk musician Pete Seeger in fact won his very first Grammy for 1996's Pete, produced by Winter. Since 1980, Winter and the Paul Winter Consort have also been artists-in-residence at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, putting on more than one hundred performances which include his ...
From the prison chain gangs of Louisiana through the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan and into the punk rock era of ...
Opening with Pete Seeger's “Sailing Down My Golden River,” Sarah Lee sings, “Sunlight glancing on the water/Life and death are all my ...
Among other incidents, CBS pulled Pete Seeger's performance of his anti-Vietnam War song, "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," and Harry ...
Fans, of course, have gotten it ever since, over the course of 54 more performances at Carnegie -- often with good pal Pete Seeger. "My first few ...
I think of Vietnam, civil rights, the British invasion, what Pete Seeger called the folk scare, and a certain program that, if it did not define at least ...
Pete Seeger always told me you don't want to over-rehearse. We don't need to know the songs to have fun playing them.” The music of folk ...
Each year he'd share the stage with the likes of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and members of the Guthrie family, bringing his ...
Clearwater was founded decades ago by the late Pete Seeger of Dutchess Junction. Seeger and his late wife, Toshi, developed and nurtured a ...
As Dylan's full-on electric band cranked up the sound, Pete Seeger, venerable doyen of the American folk scene, allegedly ran around with an ...
And Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, who built his home on property just above the camp, performed there. Lapis said the Communist ...


 

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