Some of you might be shocked that I would remember this man. However, as you know, I was not always a Conservative. Furthermore, Pete Seeger stood up to, and won out against the McCarthyism of the 1950′s. Something that I, as someone who believes in freedom of thought; believe was wrong-headed.
Peter Seeger — May he rest in peace.
My Favorite of his:
Repose en paix. Bon homme, vous avez plus de gagné.
Update: Ann Althouse remembers Seeger:
“I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this,” said Pete Seeger, in 1955, subpoenaed to testify before a thing we used to have called the House Un-American Activities Committee. They thought he was a Communist, and he was a communist. “With a small ‘c,’” he liked to say. He’d been a Communist with a capital C too, but he’d quit, and he said he should have quit earlier.
Much more in the long NYT article at the link, including his education at Harvard; his encounter with the folklorist Alan Lomax, and, through Lomax, Lead Belly; his alliance with Woody Guthrie, traveling around playing for migrant workers in 1940; his WWII-era group the Almanac Singers, who played anti-war and then antifascist songs; campaigning for presidential candidate Henry Wallace in 1948; his central place in the great folk music revival circa 1960; playing “We Shall Overcome” at Civil Rights Movement rallies; and getting betrayed by Bob Dylan.
Imagine experiencing nearly a century of American history from such a central place. What a lucky man. Pete Seeger lived to be 94.
- Bart Barnes / Washington Post: Pete Seeger, legendary folk singer, dies at 94
- Jethro Mullen / CNN: Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger dies at 94
Others Remembering: americanthinker.com, NPR, Althouse, Guardian, Outside the Beltway, Associated Press,American Power, Liberaland, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Week, Sky Dancing, The Agonist, Lawyers, Guns & Money and Maggie’s Farm, Daily Dot, The Political Carnival, The Agonist and The Moderate Voice, alicublog and The Jawa Report