Seeger in 1955
|Birth name||Peter Seeger|
|Born||May 3, 1919
Patterson, New York, United States
|Genres||American folk music, Protest music, Americana,|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, activist, television host|
|Instruments||Banjo, guitar, recorder, Tin Whistle, mandolin, piano, ukulele|
|Labels||Folkways, Columbia, CBS, Vanguard, Sony Kids’, SME|
|Associated acts||The Weavers, The Almanac Singers, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, Lead Belly|
|Vega Pete Seeger Model longneck banjo
Martin JSO Sing Out 60th Pete Seeger Guitar, Martin J12SO Sing Out 60th Pete Seeger Guitar
Pete Seeger (born May 3, 1919) is an American folk musician and songwriter. He was a longtime friend of Woody Guthrie, and founder of The Almanac Singers and The Weavers, two famous folk bands. Seeger's usual musical instrument is a banjo.
Music[change | edit source]
Seeger's original songs include "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", "The Hammer Song" (also called "If I Had A Hammer"), and "Turn, Turn, Turn", whose words were adapted from Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Other musicians played and recorded his songs, including Judy Collins, Peter, Paul and Mary, and The Byrds. Seeger started Broadside, a magazine devoted to folk music, and also Sing Out! to promote music and singing by the public.
Early career[change | edit source]
Seeger attended Harvard University, but left after he began spending more time working on than school. He organized or played at many benefit concerts, to help people who had been hurt by bad business practices or governmental policies, or sometimes by disasters. He also wrote songs to promote the things he believed in, and to protest things he opposed.
Seeger was a liberal, not afraid to speak his views openly, or to support unpopular causes such as Communism. Seeger's musical career was sometimes limited by his views. The American Federal Bureau of Investigation kept a on Seeger, and the House Un-American Activities Committee put pressure on him, because of his beliefs. He refused to change his views, or to stop doing what he believed was right. Because of this, Seeger was in many places, and could not play music there. He was also not allowed to appear on television for most of the 1950s and 1960s. One rare appearance, on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, was because the song he played, "Waist Deep In The Big Muddy", was an allegory against the Vietnam War, which most Americans supported at the time.
Later career[change | edit source]
As years went by, social trends changed in America, and Seeger's views became more acceptable. He was finally able to make television appearances, and was admired for his to folk music, and to causes. He played music together with Arlo Guthrie, the son of Woody Guthrie, performing Woody's old songs and others. He received awards for his music, including the American National Medal for the Arts, and a Kennedy Center Honor. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as an influence to rock musicians.
Seeger is still active, both as a musician and as a environment, , and people who need a to support them. His wife Toshi Seeger died on July 9, 2013.for important matters, like the
Other websites[change | edit source]
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- "Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing?" Website by Seeger biographer David Dunaway
- Pete Seeger Appreciation Page, a site originally created by Jim Capaldi
- "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" documentary filmmaker Jim Brown interview on The Alcove with Mark Molaro, 2007
- Folk Legend Pete Seeger Looks Back – National Public Radio interview, July 2, 2005
- Peter Seeger interviewed by Australian composer Andrew Ford (MP3 of interview first broadcast in 1999)
- "Legendary Folk Singer & Activist Pete Seeger Turns 90, Thousands Turn Out for All-Star Tribute Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Dozens More" on Democracy Now!, May 2009 (video, audio, and print transcript)
- 1-hour Internet radio interview- Seeger discusses the music industry, the world in general, and more (August 2007).