Skip to comments.Pete Seeger dies at 94
Posted on 01/28/2014 5:58:18 AM PST by Mercat
NEW YORK Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, died Monday at the age of 94.
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Good. The old commie.
Or some other place.
Somewhere a solitary Commie is crying.
Pete Seeger - the smiling musical Communist.
He was personally responsible for the “folk movement’ which made pop music a vehicle for Communist propaganda, and he used talented musicians to further his evil agenda.
“Maggie’s Farm” was a direct affront to his self-righteous, imperious, controlling grip on the young talent of the day.
I do not mourn his passing.
If he had a hammer (it would be on a red flag with a sickle)
there will be more like him.
I met and listened to one of his relatives in Canada sing his famous line, “I might be right, I might be wrong, but I’ve got the right to sing this song.” I pointed out that in Canada he didn’t have the right to sing the song, he had the permission and that it was only in the United States with its 1st Amendment that he had the right. Didn’t make me very popular.
In a different lifetime, I met him. Nothing much, but he played a little song for me when I complimented him. Since then, my eyes have been opened about what the American left is. I hope his family finds peace and turns from leftism.
The industry is crawling with them now. The patriotic conservative entertainer/actor/musician is a rarity these days.
I expect Obama to issue a statement.
shedding no tears
—and , like any number of present-day Marxist hypocrites, taking advantage of a semi-capitalist system, he wandered the country obtaining “folk “ songs then copyrighted them for his own enrichment-—
Honestly, I won’t dance on his grave, but I’m not mourning his loss either. He had a love affair with Mumia Abu Jamal, Che, Fidel, etc. He was great granddaddy of useful idiots.
Never got into his music. Learned some 5-string from his book though. It was pretty good. Still can’t believe how The Weavers butchered “Good Night Irene.”
How right you are. The "reverse blacklist" against conservatives and believing Christians is far stronger than the 1950s era blacklist against Communists and their sympathizers. The only media venues where conservatives and believing Christians dominate are in talk radio and country music. Leftist led boycotts invariably fail when they go against persons whose market is supported by conservatives, most notably the boycotts against Rush Limbaugh, Chick-Fil-a, and Duck Dynasty. Conversely, ask the Dixie Chicks how well their careers went after they denounced George W. Bush in England.
I find it amazing that people like Seeger and Castro can live long, long lives and still not abandon the inane ideology of their youth, despite experiencing a lifetime of its failures. People who are genuine idealogs must be, in a sense, psychopaths.
Well, at least Seeger never killed or imprisoned anybody, to my knowledge, which is much more than I can say for Fidel Castro.
I grew up in the 60s listening to Peter Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio and others. My parents bought the records and I really enjoyed them. They were funny...”The MTA”, and sad, “PollyVon”, “Tom Dooley”...and exciting, “By the Rising of the Moon.”... and most of all, they were beautiful and beautifully sung with amazing harmonies. My dad had a beautiful voice and sang in choruses in college and I think that is where he gained an appreciation for this kind of singing.
As I grew into conservatism, I saw that some of the songs had these left-leaning lyrics, but that has not turned me away from all folk music.
Seeger nailed LBJ back in the 60s.
Poor guy keeps dying over and over and over.
In the Spring of 41, Seeger recorded a 'peace song' that was released in New York record stores the day before Hitler's invasion of Russia. Seeger spent the next several days running around NYC to all those stores pulling all the records back.
The guy was a Commie and puppet of Stalin first and a 'folk singer' second.
I got my first guitar for Christmas 1963 (Two months before the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show), and so, for a budding guitar player (11 years old) I naturally gravitated towards “Folk” music. I liked Dylan and learned all his early songs. The only Pete Seeger song I used to sing was “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” and just by accident found out that Seeger had stolen the song almost verbatim from a Don Cossack Folk Song! Then, there was that time when he tried to cut off Dylan’s electricity at the Newport Folk Festival! I have had no use for Seeger for at least a HALF CENTURY!!!!
So long, you commie bastard.
Yes. I remember discovering, in my own musical journey, the “originals” of many of Seeger’s Songs. They weren’t “his songs” at all.
Yes...my Dad had all the Kingston trio and PPM records.
Years later, on a Caribbean Cruise, my Mom met Mary Travers (who was the Lounge Singer on the Voyage).
My Mom, who doesn’t miss a beat, said to Mary, “That was a lovely show you did last night. Tell me...are you still a communist?”
Mary, all flustered said, “Uhuh no...but I still CARE.”
(Whatever THAT was supposed to mean! LOL!) I wonder if she will attend Ol’ Pete’s Funeral.
The Less-Stalinist Version.
No...I think Mary passed away a few years ago.
He just couldn’t help his love for communism; he must have been elated at the end to see his views triumph in the USA.
Ah...thanks. It was in 2009. I don’t know how i missed that.
Probably because it was just before I joined FR.
A lot of the American people are just like Seeger though tens of millions now would have never heard of him.
I have had a lifelong pit-of-my-stomach hatred of this clown, including his stupid commie face, his stupid commie voice and his stupid commie stardom. That he was enriched by a central tenet of the society he hoped would fall and be trampled on disgusts me. There’s a gasbag gang of his acolytes that has taken over our State Capital building - who every day invade and sing these gasbag songs over and over and over, it’s Pete Seeeeeeg-er, click!, Pete Seeeeeg-er, click!, Pete Seeeeeeg-er!, click! Sung in in a taunting, pompously sonorous tone by his little commie friends - on and on and on. If I worked there I’d be daydreaming of sending a detachment of Praetorian guards with very sharp swords to collect a few heads. Puke!
An NYC waitress told me he was famous for NEVER tipping. Even for hosting a party of 10 or more. Typical liberal hypocrite..
He spawned a whole generation of creatures that invaded my nice state of Oregon. There were many folk groups that told stories without having to support destruction of everything we’ve built.
I watched PPM perform in Tokyo in the 90s and met them back stage. Great show but they were still pushing the communist agenda to the crowd.
You are correct. Mary passed in 2009, but Pete Yarrow and Paul Stookey are still alive. Unless Mr. Seeger hacked them off, you can almost bet they'll be at the funeral. Fact is...it'll probably be a who's-who of American folk music
As for me....I love the music (overlooking some of the lyrics), but I really do not care about the late Mr. Seeger.
HE LIVED ON LONG ISLAND, I THINK HUNTINGTON. I USED TO SEE HIM DRIVING IN ON THE EXPRESSWAY IN HIS VOLKSWAGEN
They were very good musicians, and their harmonies raised the level of the songs they sang.
It made their message much more palatable then if they wore dirty worker-boots, Mao jackets,and Lenin Caps with red Stars on them.
This made them MORE insidious than if they had presented communism in all its ugliness.
(Back to Seeger stealing songs and copyrighting them for himself: many of the songs he stole were written by Black Folks. POOR Black Folks. POOR Black Folks who were in PRISON. Or Dead Folks. Or Illiterate Folks. Disenfranchised Folks. Folks who couldn’t fight back, and Folks for whom he claimed to speak and for whose “causes” he claimed to champion!)
“An NYC waitress told me he was famous for NEVER tipping.”
This was because Seeger was following the example of Leon Trotsky, who never tipped, in the belief that he was inciting revolutionary consciousness in the wait staff.
Anyway, “America’s best loved commie” has finally croaked. Let him now assume his place as First Peoples’ Commissar of Soviet Hell (from the Kingston Trio song).
Long before I knew who he was, Sesame Street tried to shove him down my throat at least a couple of times a week. Someone should have been up on charges.
You can bet Bruce Springsteen will be there.
Amazing how all these obits are totally dodging the fact that he was one of the most prominent Communists in American history.
“He participated in Occupy Wall Street” was the closest they have come.
Of course Commies will say that Stalin wasn’t a “real Communist”.
Stalin was the perfect Communist...he applied Marx and Lenin’s theories “To a T.”
One more oxygen thief who used more than his share and who worked against everything that made him personally rich and comfortable. Good riddance.