Voices United: Remembering Pete Seeger


Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez: the voices of our generation sing FOREVER.
“All things shall perish from under the sky,
Music alone shall live
Music alone shall live
Music alone shall live, never to die.”

Held In The Light

I’m finding that I am affected by the death of Pete Seeger early this morning. In a way that seems surprising.

I listened to his music mostly when I was in high school, at a time when I was reading voraciously about the life and thought of Mahatma Gandhi and learning about the civil rights movement in the United States.

I was myself involved in the student peace and disarmament movement, and immersing myself in theories and histories of social justice movements. It seems that what I was learning about peace, civil rights and labour movements, was the black-and-white outlines that Pete Seeger’s music filled in.

There was something about his recordings, both the songs and the context he gave the songs by speaking about them, that seemed to give what I was learning its third dimension. Also, by following some of the musicians he was influenced by, and the…

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