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Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, the man considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, died Monday.

He was 94.

Seeger's best known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)."

But his influence extended far beyond individual hits.

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Jackson, Seeger's grandson, said the singer-songwriter had heart surgery in December to replace a valve, which had gone well and had nothing to do with his death.

He said Seeger was in the hospital for six days before his death.

He couldn't speak for the last three days, Jackson said, but his mind never went away and he continued to recognize people.

"He was a second father to me, he was a friend, he was a best friend," Jackson said. "He was just this wonderful, genuine person." [CNN]

Music has just lost another great one, as legendary folk singer Pete Seeger has sadly passed away at age 94. Rest in peace, Pete. Your contributions to music won't be forgotten.

Watch some Pete Seeger videos below...

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Comments (56)

What a career he had. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 8:19 AM

Damn. Glad I got a chance to see him play last year. Heckuva guy and career.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 8:31 AM

Banjo is the soundtrack to an ass whuppin. Fact.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 8:56 AM

That guy saw and accomplished a lot in his lifetime. Well done sir, RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:01 AM

An American hero.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:08 AM

An American Communist.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:09 AM

saw him finally at a benefit for the Museum of the City of New York last year - what a treat to see him - still going strong RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:14 AM

Music has lost one of its pioneers. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:22 AM

9:09, that's what makes him a hero. You capitalist pig.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:24 AM

9:24 - Let's meet at Nobu at noon today and you can buy me lunch, then we'll see who is the greedy bastard. You know that I am right.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:33 AM

Pete was a Humanist first, communist second.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:37 AM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:39 AM

Communism is Humanism by definition. Religion is the opiate of the masses, remember?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:42 AM

^ more clearly, Communism includes Humanism (the two are not identical, but Communism incorporates Humanism as its de facto internal religious movement). It's just anecdotal that most (not all) Humanistic movements include multiple aspects of Communism. Which is fine, just not American.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:45 AM

He contributed far more than just to music. If you didn't agree with him politically to the extent that you feel compelled to disrespect his passing, I'm sad for you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:46 AM

He also was instrumental in cleaning up the Hudson River that we all take for granted.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 9:50 AM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 10:25 AM

Turn the Page is a killer tune.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 10:36 AM

Relax 9:46

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 10:38 AM

Rot in hell commie fuckface!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 10:43 AM

I bet Mangum is gonna be all emotional tonight

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 10:45 AM

Tubs of hummus on the website,
Tubs of hummus getting ticky tacky,
Tubs of hummus on the website,
Tubs of hummus all the same.
There's red pepper and lemon
And pine nut and roasted garlic,
And they're all getting ticky tacky
And they all taste just the same.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 11:04 AM

Really, using a CNN link for Pete's passing...?
Like there was no jon pareles ny times one, for instance?

Posted by ME | January 28, 2014 11:40 AM

9:09 there is no shame in being an american Communist in the 50s. Much more shameful is to accept the fascist state you live in today, when your country is spying on you through your angry birds app.

In real democracies the gov is afraid of the people, in fake one the people are afraid of the gov.

Posted by ME | January 28, 2014 11:47 AM

Nice straw man, 11:47. The choice is not between Communism and the current administration ... but you know that already. As a matter of fact EVERY Communist regime that has come to be known on this Earth has held such a tight grip on it's own people, what they see, what they can read, etc. This is not an opinion, this is a categorical fact, and you are a troll to allege otherwise.

No, being an American Communist has always been reprehensible. If you want to do that, there are plenty of other places that would accept you with arms wide Comrade, just not here.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 12:19 PM

^What a patriot you are! Well done, sir!
Please pass the pita chips.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 12:27 PM

Let's face it, 1106 is a moron!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 12:35 PM

Look, I am not fond of his political views, but that aside he was a consummate performer and wrote some good songs. He stood up for integration while the Democrats blocked doorways and fought National Guard troops. He helped raise awareness around the Hudson River being polluted. He attacked Bob Dylan's patch cord with an axe at Newport. Well, he was a bit rigid and short sighted on that last one, but we've all made mistakes. We are all going to die, and sooner rather than later, so just chill and think a nice thought about the man today.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 12:42 PM

all communists live in rent-controlled apartments, and second houses that they rent out for additional income.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 12:44 PM

The man was a living history of American music and it's sad to see him go.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 12:55 PM

Miles Davis was a living history of American music.
Pete Seeger, not so much.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 1:01 PM

Only jazz is acknowledged to be truly American music. Folk music, like Communist philosophy, was invented by white devil slave masters and property owners in Europe.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 1:15 PM

He was a jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 1:24 PM

The whole 'cutting Bob Dylan's cord' at Newport was a hoax/exaggeration, you dolts. How hard is it to fucking read up on something before you comment?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 1:34 PM

^ like passing off folk music as American, where that was universally dismissed decades ago? you are so flush with IRONY you should get a phlebotomy

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 2:23 PM

"Seeger admits complaining about Dylan’s set and making an idle threat about the hatchet, but he claims that he was complaining not about the music, but about the bad sound from a a PA system that was overwhelmed by the electric instruments"

Obviously Stinky Pete had poor hearing, otherwise he would have thought the sound was excellent! Just ask the NMH fans!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 2:27 PM

@12:19.

One could say the same thing about organized religion- just as reprehensible.
At least Pete wrote some good songs and saved the Hudson River from becoming a permanent cesspool.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 2:31 PM

@2:31

You see, that's why the left never wins arguments - you are incapable of sticking on a singular point and always veer off into lunacy. Here is a perfect case in point - where on earth are you making any connection to organized religion ... that the argument is not organized religion vs. the current administration? that organized religion has secret police and gulags? that subscribing to organized religion in the 1950s was reprehensible? Obviously you have some axe to grind (see what I did there?) with organized religion to introduce it as a red herring here, and you bring up Stinky Pete's good works as if organized religion has not outshone Stinky Pete a gazillion times over in that arena.

So, let me just ask you this one thing - do you actually have a point at all, or did you just want to re-run your advertizement against organized religion? You just come off as angry and irrational.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 2:48 PM

i knew a commie once. he cheated at cards and always smelled like feet.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 2:50 PM

Communists are always angry and irrational. No rational person would believe that the whole world would be at peace holding hands without an overwhelming authority forcing compliance. Just look at the comments on this site; this is true democracy, all have a voice, and it is nearly a cesspool of hate, sophomoric chick pea jokes, and aggressive rants.

Show me the place where this alleged utopian society exists!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 2:56 PM

2:48, et al - Get over yourself and get a real hobby. Point taken, you're a staunch Republican or something similar. No one cares. A man died and you feel the need to shit on him. Real good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 3:17 PM

"Wisdom is proved right by her deeds"
- Jesus Christ

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 3:18 PM

@3:17 it's called an adult conversation. you'll play some day.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 3:21 PM

Communism is a Ponzi scheme without the threat of censure

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 3:42 PM

What 3 words does every Communist hate?

Constraining Moral Authority

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 3:54 PM

"So, let me just ask you this one thing - do you actually have a point at all, or did you just want to re-run your advertizement against organized religion? You just come off as angry and irrational."


^ Ha,ha,ha.........You're an idiot!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 4:12 PM

actually the current administration is quite sympathetic to Pete Seeger's philosophy, and what we see now with domestic spying, coverups and the like is the natural end of those with such ambitions given the means

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 4:13 PM

He sang that 'like a rock' song with the video and the truck. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 4:31 PM

I think he finally went to Kathmandu

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 4:32 PM

He got Tom Cruise dancing around like a fairy in his underwear, big deal...another loony lib.....komrade Hussein Obama will light a candle for him im sure

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 5:11 PM

5:11

Me and a bunch of guys I met on Craigslist had your father dancing around like a fairy last week.

Posted by Lord Bendover | January 28, 2014 5:36 PM

A bunch of trust fund ironic mustached little fucking Williamsburg hipsters making fun of Pete Seeger!

What a sad world it is.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 6:30 PM

Pete Seeger gargled cum like a zombie. A big gay commie zombie.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:21 PM

This guy is terrible!!!!!

Posted by Montene | February 18, 2014 8:23 AM

In an employee-owned company there is levels of management that make day to day decisions for the company. It is styled after a republic, not a democracy. As far as GM is concerned, if it had been employee-owned, no they would not have voted to send some of their plants out of country. This, of course, would have resulted in their collapse long ago due to lack of competitiveness. They would have priced themselves out of existence.

Posted by Unna | November 3, 2014 2:58 PM

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