Sunday, May 03, 2009

Happy 90th Birthday Pete Seeger

Folk Legend, Humanitarian, Activist - Pete Seeger turns ninety today, May 3rd, 2009
Growing up in the Hudson Valley I almost took the name Pete Seeger for granted. He has always been there.. whether it was playing for kids at a school or camp, being the driving force behind the environmental/educational sloop Clearwater , protesting the war in Iraq or the countless other ways he contributes to making the world a better place.

Mr Seeger is a champion for human rights and will fight injustice where ever he finds it. He practically single-handedly brought folk music back into popularity in the 1950's and faced down the house committee on unamerican activities saying "I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it." when everyone else was naming names to get of the hook.

Pete Seeger wrote Where have all the flowers gone, Turn turn turn, If I had a hammer and many other famous songs.

Truly one of the great Americans... an inspiration for all of us to do more for mankind. Mr Seeger lives in Beacon NY with his wife Toshi. A Nobel Prize for peace is long overdue for this remarkable man.

To send a birthday message to Pete Seeger:
Pete Seeger
P. O. Box 431
Beacon, NY 12508


Carl said...

Note - I wish I could take credit for both of the great portraits of Pete in this post, but I borrowed them from other blog posts on the web. If I ever had the chance it would be my honor to photogragh this American Icon.


Patty Mooney said...

Happy birthday to Pete Seeger! I thought you might be interested in this link to a video with a song featuring Pete Seeger along with Stephen Smith called "The Bell."

Mama Lou said...

I love your tribute to a wonderful, creative man.

Carl said...

Patty - Thanks for the link!

Mama Lou - Thanks! I enjoyed writing the tribute.

Janice Thomson said...

He really is an icon. I have enjoyed his music over the years. Neat post Carl.

Carl said...

Janice-Thanks. This one was simple to write. I really admire Pete Seeger.