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Pete Seeger Still Plucking Away At 89


Pete Seeger will be playing Hugh'S Room here in Toronto on July 6 and 7.  I'm very happy to see Pete Seeger still plucking away at the age of 89.

I'm a documentary fan and a music fan, so I've seen a number of extensive interviews with Seeger in docs about Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and protest music in general.  He's always very insightful and positive.  For those of us too young to remember folk protests over Vietnam, Seeger is best known as the author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)", and "Turn, Turn, Turn!".

The anthem of the US civil rights movement was "We Shall Overcome", which Seeger popularized by folk-ifying the gospel song.  In my humble opinion, this very well may be Seeger's greatest contribution to the world we live in today.

Here's Joan Baez singing "We Shall Overcome".

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