What did you learn in school?
Pretty cutting edge song for 1964-- 45 years ago, Pete was writing great lyrics that totally bucked the establishment & status quo. To the point he was banned & censored quote a bit ~ even to this day.
Which Side are you on? Seeger's pro Union song.
Here Seeger plays with Buffy St. Marie- she plays the mouth bow harp. About as pure as folk music gets. Wow!
Pete is one of those folks who absolutely refused to sell out.
He was in a group called the Weavers.
The Weavers had their ups and downs, and during a lean time, they decided to accept an offer from a cigarette company to do an ad jingle for them. When the group told Pete Seeger about the idea, he was opposed.
Why would you do that?, he asked.
Because we need the money, was the reply.
Not that much!
Seeger quit the group in protest.
Garbage~ Pete is an avid environmentalist
On May 3, 2009, dozens of musicians will gather in New York at Madison Square Garden to celebrate Seeger's 90th birthday. Seeger agreed to the big party because the proceeds from the event are to benefit the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater a non-profit organization he helped organize 40 years ago, to defend and restore the Hudson River.
Sincere thanks to you Pete, for all the years of songs, music, consciousness raising, and community organizing. Not bad, for a Harvard drop out!
You blazed your own trail, and followed your heart & dreams, but you took us along for the ride, even at 90 years old, passing on the wisdom in the following lyrics~
Lyrics to "Take it from Dr. King"
"We sang about Alabama 1955,
But since 9-11, we wonder, will this world survive?
The world learned a lesson from Dr. King:
We can survive, we can, we will, and so we sing —
Don’t say it can’t be done,
The battle’s just begun.
Take it from Dr. King,
You too can learn to sing,
So drop the gun."
Can't get enough of Seeger!
January 2009 Obama Inauguration Party*~ This Land is your Land....
Pete still saying-- Sing it with Us! We'll give you the words!.....
A true legend you are ~ Pete Seeger.
* Sorry could not find Beyonce edited out after the Seeger appearance.
Feel free to call it a wrap after Pete skips off the stage @ 5 minutes.