Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and banjo player

Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and banjo player who became an American icon by using protest songs to push for social changes over the 20th century and beyond, died yesterday. He was 94.

Seeger was convicted for contempt of Congress in 1961 after refusing to answer questions before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which saw him blacklisted in the anti-communist fervor of the era. An anti-war activist in the 60’s and again in the 2000’s, Seeger saw several of his songs became pop hits, including my own favorite "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" (1961) and "Turn, Turn, Turn."

So the world has lost a great but modest musician may he now RIP - and thank you for the music Pete which lives on in people working still for world peace and especially "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and in this the year that we in Britain commemorate the outbreak of the First World War and the needless slaughter of millions!”

 

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