February 1, 2014
Letters written in response to an obituary rarely number more than a few. The Times' article this week on the life and passing of balladeer Pete Seeger, by contrast, drew nearly two dozen letters. Most who wrote reflected on Seeger's music, but some shared their personal experiences with the folk singer. One reader sent us a lengthy letter she received from Seeger in 1962 in response to her fan mail. "Take it easy, but take it," Seeger ended his response. Here is a selection of the letters on Seeger.
January 30, 2014 |
Folk musician and activist Pete Seeger did many, many things during his 94 years, but there's one thing he did just once: make a music video. That video of Seeger singing Bob Dylan's “Forever Young” has gone viral in the wake of his death Monday. The video, for which he was joined on Dylan's song by the Grammy-winning Rivertown Kids choir that he had mentored, has now been viewed more than 500,000 times, up from around 120,000 about a week earlier. Additionally, the Woody Guthrie Archive and the Grammy Museum announced Wednesday that they will move forward with previously announced plans to honor Seeger as the first recipient of the new Woody Guthrie Prize in a ceremony that had already been scheduled to take place in New York on Feb. 22. PHOTOS: Pete Seeger, activist and humanitarian “The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music,” Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie said in a statement.
January 29, 2014 |
The National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday marked the death of musician and social activist Pete Seeger by placing a portrait of the folk singer on display in the museum's first-floor gallery. Seeger died Monday at age 94. The photograph by Sid Grossman shows a young Seeger with his banjo in hand and an exuberant smile, sometime between 1946 and 1948. At the time, Seeger was active at labor rallies in the U.S. and organized the quartet the Weavers. "Blacklisted for his leftist politics in the 1950s, Seeger resurfaced in the 1960s and sparked a folk revival with such classics as 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
January 29, 2014 |
Folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger , who died Tuesday at age 94, was more than a folk singer, of course. He also was a political radical, and for all the gentleness of his lyrics, he seemed to have been built around a spine of steel. Seeger was already a popular entertainer and political activist when on Aug. 18, 1955, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee , the witch-hunt tribunal that sought to ferret out information on what it deemed subversive activities.
January 29, 2014 |
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. " But among the musician's most important roles was one that's often overlooked: that of an American citizen who understood the power of song to serve as messenger, as Trojan horse, as lightning rod. It's hard to imagine a song steering and stirring more than "We Shall Overcome. " The work long ago became less the domain of Seeger, who helped popularize it when he published it in "People's Songs," than a sacred text owned by anyone longing for justice.
January 28, 2014 |
Pete Seeger, folk singer, activist, song archivist and one of the most important American musical voices of the 20th century, has died at age 94, his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson told the Associated Press. The singer, who lost his wife, Toshi, last year, was responsible for such classics of American song as "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. " VIDEO: 'Turn, Turn, Turn' As Claudia Luther noted in the Times' obituary , Seeger influenced generations: "At some point, Pete Seeger decided he'd be a walking, singing reminder of all of America's history," Bruce Springsteen said at the all-star Madison Square Garden concert marking Seeger's 90th birthday in 2009.