Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger

When in the 1950s red baiting swept the US and entertainers and organizers were dragged before US house and senate committees and it was demanded they name names under threat of prison and blacklisting, Pete Seeger went to Washington, took his seat, and refused to answer any questions.

He was charged with contempt of congress and after his case dragged on for years he eventually got off on a technicality. He kept on writing and performing inspiring music and living an inspiring life. He never gave up his ideology or his ideals, and he kept alive, through his activism, words and mostly his songs, the idea they had tried to snuff out, that everyone deserves to live a life free of want.

“Some may find them merely diverting melodies. Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong? Not I.” 
Pete Seeger in Rolling Stone, April 13, 1972

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