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Really warmed a green lefty’s heart to hear Pete Seeger on Radio 4’s Archive Hour today. I needed a boost, feeling a bit burnt out after a couple of weeks of flat out campaiging for the European elections. This programme did the trick. Wonderful to hear more of his work as a union rights, then civil rights and now environmental campaigner, and the power of song in those struggles. No wonder his work laid the ground for a generation of protest singers, Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte Marie and Bob Dylan of course. I’ve not managed to see Pete Seeger live, though I did see his sister, Peggy, at a benefit gig at the Hackney Empire about 20 years ago and she was pretty inspirational too. Check out Rossinisbird’s link to Pete at Obama’s inauguration, with his son and Bruce Springsteen, leading the song “This land is our land”. Happy 90th birthday Pete! Let’s hope there’s many more years to come.

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2 Comments

    • Martin Collins
    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 8:58 am
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    Pete Seeger has been one of the great influences on me since the early 1960s. His clear voice accompanied by his banjo inspired me to be a rebel in the days of Beetle mainia to follow things different, things of the other world, Life itself. I hope he gets his Nobel Peace Prize.

    • shirleyford
    • Posted May 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm
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    Yes, indeed he would be a worthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.


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