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Pete Seeger: Is He Still Alive?

Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:49 pm

Listening to an old record today, I wonder if the American folk singer Pete Seeger is still alive. He was born in 1919, but there is very little recent information about him available.

Any of you know him? He was a contemporary of Woody Guthrie, Huddy Ledbetter aka Leadbelly, Brownie McGee and others. He was also deeply involved in the early 20th century American labour movement. He is most known for having stood up against the McCarthy tribunals in the 1950s, even though he got blacklisted for it.

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RE: Pete Seeger: Is He Still Alive?

Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:07 pm

Small town rumor has it that Mr. Seeger is still with us....


Have a look here:

http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/unitarians/seeger.html

and here for an appreciation site...

http://home.earthlink.net/~jimcapaldi/

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RE: Pete Seeger: Is He Still Alive?

Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:17 pm

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RE: Pete Seeger: Is He Still Alive?

Thu Dec 23, 2004 12:16 am

That crusty bugger is still around. Still hasn't lived down trying to unplug Dylan at Newport in 1965.

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RE: Pete Seeger: Is He Still Alive?

Thu Dec 23, 2004 12:38 am

Besides being the inspiration to make my father learn the 5-string banjo back in the 1970s (which was good, because I inherited the banjos and am playing them myself now), I remember him appearing on Sesame Street back in the early 70s...

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RE: Pete Seeger: Is He Still Alive?

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:06 am

Thanks for the "clickability fix", Jan...

I discovered a love for the banjo in college. I'm thinking of making "Learn to Play the Banjo" as one of my "Things to DO in 2005"

Seeger was interviewed on a long forgotten show on ABC-TV called "Our World" back in 1987. I thought he'd passed away some time ago.
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RE: Pete Seeger: Is He Still Alive?

Thu Dec 23, 2004 7:13 pm

Has anybody of you guys ever heard of the "New Lost City Ramblers"? (My favourite band).

They consist of Mike Seeger (Pete´s younger half brother), John Cohen and Tracy Schwartz, and they recover and play American old time folk music (music from the 19th century, sometimes older if you count certain British /Irish ballads which have survived in rural places in the US up to the 1950s.

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