April 16, 1987 |
The song is as mighty as the sword when Pete Seeger brandishes his banjo. Headlining a pair of benefit concerts tonight for councilman Angel Ortiz at the Blushing Zebra coffeehouse, 7167 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, Seeger has spent most of his 68 years as "America's tuning fork" - resonating topical concerns in song and rallying the forces for humanistic reform, be it pro-union or anti-fascist, anti-pollution or pro-peace. Descended from hearty New England colonial stock, Seeger rejected the staid, scholarly musical lifestyle of his parents (ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger and violinist and Julliard teacher Constance de Clyver Edison)
October 12, 2007
Directed by Jim Brown. With Pete Seeger, Toshi Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and others. Distributed by the Weinstein Co. 1 hour, 33 mins. PG (adult themes). Playing at Ritz at the Bourse. Long before there was Bono, there was Pete Seeger. A singer and songwriter whose pursuit of peace, social justice, and environmental causes brought him into contact with Martin Luther King, Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bill Clinton - and into trouble with the House Un-American Affairs Committee - Seeger has had a life like a great novel.
April 17, 1987 |
Folk singer Pete Seeger came to the Blushing Zebra coffee house in Mount Airy last night to sing for Councilman Angel L. Ortiz and endorse his re- election effort. "He's outgoing, he's frank, he's witty," said Seeger of Ortiz before his campaign-benefit performance. "A lot of politicians are always whispering, saying, 'I can't say this out loud, but I'm going to do this, or I'm going to do that.' Ortiz, I believe, is going to speak out loud, whether people like it or not. " Seeger met Ortiz in Nicaragua in January when the councilman accompanied U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta and several other congressmen and journalists to the Central American nation where contra rebels, with support from President Reagan, are challenging government rule of the Sandinistas.
March 19, 2012 |
A digital single and music video of the classic Bob Dylan song "Forever Young" is being released Monday by folksinger/activist Pete Seeger to mark the 50th anniversary of Dylan's eponymous first album. Seeger, who is 92, is a mentor of Dylan and his song is being pushed through a grassroots campaign www.ForeverPete.com . The effort is modeled on the successful 2010 fan-based endeavor to get then-88-year-old Betty White to host Saturday Night Live. Weekend box office Audiences headed back to school for the update of 21 Jump Street, which opened at No. 1 this weekend at $35 million.
January 30, 2014 |
Like many Americans of my generation, I first met Pete Seeger through his music. I learned "This Old Man" in kindergarten. As a teenager, "If Had a Hammer" played on my transistor radio. And as the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement convulsed the nation, I marched in protest to the verses of "We Shall Overcome" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Then I got to know him in a more personal way. On Oct. 15, 1971, I set foot for the first time on Clearwater, the 106-foot traditional wooden sailboat he had helped to conceive and build, and which became a part of his lasting legacy.
January 30, 2014 |
Pete Seeger, 94, the folksinger and social-justice advocate who popularized "We Shall Overcome" as an anthem of the civil-rights movement, wrote "Turn! Turn! Turn!", and had a career spanning more than seven decades, has died. Kitama Cahill-Jackson, the singer's grandson, told the Associated Press that Mr. Seeger died in his sleep about 9:30 p.m. Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. President Obama praised the man Carl Sandburg once called "America's tuning fork": "Over the years, Pete used his voice - and his hammer - to strike blows for workers' rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation.
March 9, 1994 |
When Katarina Witt performed her figure-skating program at the Winter Olympics to "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," one Delaware County resident cheered especially long and hard. Peter Blood was moved and inspired by the message embodied in Witt's performance, a remembrance of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and a plea for peace in the former Yugoslavia. "She couldn't have chosen a better song," he said in an interview this week. "The song is about people who have failed to learn from the legacy of hatred and killing through the generations.
June 21, 1998 |
Off the phone at last, Pete Seeger springs from a back bedroom and calls out a greeting. "Who's that guy with the gray hair?" he wants to know. I laugh; it's been 17 years since last we saw each other. I point out the white in his beard and what's left of his hair, and he laughs, too. "Hey, is it warm enough in here?" he wonders, glancing around the kitchen of his converted barn in Beacon, N.Y. I start to say it's fine, but he doesn't wait for an answer. "Think I'll put another log on," he says, and disappears.
May 18, 1994 |
Inside the small offices here, on East Third Street in what was once a coin shop, there are stacks of tapes and CDs, shelves of albums, mountains of publications, file cabinets crammed with correspondence, newsletters and old photos. On the walls there are fading pictures of young Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger on stage. But this is no dusty museum. It's the headquarters of Sing Out! magazine, a thriving enterprise dedicated to folk music, kept alive by a band of hard-core folkies.
May 12, 1989 |
Adhesive tape held his glasses together. He wore a sailor's cap, a faded blue flowered cotton shirt rolled up to his elbows, brown corduroy pants, thick-soled hiking boots - a hearing aid. Thin wisps of gray hair nudged his shirt collar, and his lanky frame towered over most who stood near him. In many ways, Pete Seeger was as constant as the North Star. His appearance has never changed. Neither has his shyness. On a January night at the Bala Theater this year, Seeger was stuck in his least favorite position - singled out for special attention - but there wasn't much he could do about it. The Bala Cynwyd concert was partly in his honor.