Tuesday, January 28, 2014

R.I.P. Pete Seeger

Legendary folk singer, songwriter and de facto activist Pete Seeger died yesterday, passing peacefully in his sleep at a hospital, surrounded by his family.

Though he started earlier than the wave of 1960s folkies that he influenced, he became the colleague of such legends as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, and his impact can be felt all the way to Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine and The Nightwatchman) and Pearl Jam, because his message was the same no matter the specific battle: social justice and equality.

His grandson says he was outside chopping wood 10 days before he passed - sometimes it takes hold of you really quickly. He was 94.

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