“My job is to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.”– Pete Seeger
This week, we pay tribute and mourn the loss of the Father of Folk, Pete Seeger, who passed away at the age of 94 this past Monday. Mr. Seeger drove the folk revival of the 50’s and 60’s, creating music that encouraged social reform and inspired other politically charged songwriters like Bob Dylan and later, Bruce Springsteen to create music with a purpose. Seeger’s music served as the the anthem for the labor movement in the 1940s and 1950s, the civil rights marches and anti-Vietnam War rallies in the 1960s, the environmental and antiwar causes in the 1970s, and more recently, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for President Obama’s inaugural concert. Although he recorded dozens of albums, Seeger did not focus on commercial stardom or personal wealth. Rather, his songwriting was aimed at bringing people together and bringing attention to the social issues that he saw needed change.
To learn more about Pete Seeger’s biography, musical career, or social activism, read this article from the New York Times: