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Remembering Pete Seeger

The singer-songwriter left a legacy of songs and was a huge influence on musicians

By Next Avenue | January 28, 2014
Pete Seeger performing
January 18, 2009 Musicians Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen (R) perform during the The Obama Inaugural Celebration
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Few entertainers have had as much influence as Pete Seeger, who spearheaded a folk-music revolution and used his craft to bring about social change.

Seeger died Monday, Jan. 27 in New York-Presbyterian Hospital at age 94. His career took him from festival stages to labor rallies and civil rights marches. He recorded more than 100 albums and created songs that entertained and mobilized his audiences for half a century. 

In 2008, PBS ran the first authorized biography of Seeger, American Master Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. It features interviews with some of the musicians he influenced, including Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen and Natalie Maines. Today, let a little light shine in remembrance of the artist, activist and man.


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