Pete Seeger was a folk music pioneer who could easily get people of all stripes to sing along to old time music, such as “We Shall Overcome,” “She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain,” and “This Land is Your Land.” He was a lifelong environmental activist and founder of the Clearwater Hudson River Revival in Upstate NY.
The festival was started in 1966 by Pete and his wife Toshi and is the oldest and largest summer music festival of its kind, combining great musicians and raising funds for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. non-profit in charge of keeping the Hudson River and surrounding area as natural as possible. Using non-polluting transportation to get to the festival and camping is always encouraged and Time’s Up has always been promoting this idea with group rides to the site as well as volunteering for bicycle valet parking.
Pete Seeger died today at the age of 94.
USA TODAY reports: “Seeger, who dropped out of Harvard University in 1938 to ride a bicycle across the country, quoted his father, Charles Seeger, a musicologist: “My dad, the old professor, used to say, ‘Never get into an argument about what’s folk music and what isn’t.’ “–My kind of guy.
Read the article: here.
You will be missed.
Pete Seeger in the NY Times: Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94 by By Jon Pareles.
Coverage of Pete Seeger in depth, on Democracy Now: here.
Pete Seeger perfoming This Land is Your Land with Bruce Springsteen at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009: