Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Folk Singer Pete Seeger Passed Away in New York

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Folk singer Pete Seeger, who lived in Beacon NY, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 94. Seeger was known for ground-breaking songs such as, If I Had a Hammer, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and Turn, Turn, Turn. His songs were often used at anti-Vietnam War rallies, peaceful sit-ins, and demonstrations. Seeger influenced many other performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright, John Mellencamp, and Arlo Guthrie. In 2009, Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration was at Madison Square Garden, the concert featured many performers, including Seeger family members. It was a fundraiser for his favourite cause… cleaning up New York‘s Hudson River. In 1996, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Seeger as an “early influence”. This year, he was a Grammy Awards nominee in the Best Spoken Word category, won by Stephen Colbert. Seeger dropped out of Harvard in 1938 to travel across America by bicycle. He was original, sincere, and always true to the cause of equality and human rights. He was even once a member of the Communist Party, something that saw him blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

28 January 2014

Yelena Grigoriev

Voice of Russia World Service



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