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(The New York Times)   Where have all the flowers gone? Pete Seeger has gone at age 94   (nytimes.com) divider line 188
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2014-01-28 08:31:50 AM

IrieTom: Pete Seeger was a true patriot.


The most patriotic ex-Stalinist ever.

No, really. I live near the Hudson so it was impossible for anybody not to have crossed paths with Pete at least once or twice. I almost ran him over when he was protesting on a narrow local highway median one afternoon and didn't realize that whenever he stopped playing he'd leave his banjo sticking out into traffic coming at him from behind. Anybody else would've gotten a bunch of "watch where you're going, dickhead" but it was just Pete being Pete so people waved. And he had a wonderful ability to have calm arguments even with people who were all the way on the opposite end of the spectrum from him. Not that they'd agree with him, but they'd walk away respecting each other.

Needless to say, Pete didn't have a Fark handle.
 
2014-01-28 08:34:02 AM

FrancoFile: Oh great, here comes another week of masturbatory Baby Boomer wailing and tearing of the garments.

If you need an entertainer to inspire you to do what you already think is the moral and right course of action, then your revolution is doomed to failure.

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Pour yourself another double martini for Joe.

Troubadors have always been part of social awareness and revolutionary movements. you forget who the Conservatives and industrialists were supporting and emulating during the 1920s and 30s.
 
2014-01-28 08:34:04 AM

SoupJohnB: ginandbacon: SoupJohnB: I went to see him at a college concert, back in the day.  At one point, another student jumped up on stage and used the mic to announce that the National Guard had fired upon and killed students at Kent State.  The gym erupted with a mixture of anger and confusion.  Good ol' Pete then tried his best to keep the lid on the crowd, pleading for peace and calm.

Many ignored his advice, though, and the campus was closed for a few days during the aftermath.  Poignant memory.

Wow. That's quite a moment.

So was facing my father back home, who was clutching a "Nastygram" from the college dean!


Hahahaha!!! Oh dear!
 
2014-01-28 08:35:06 AM
Can't say I agreed with all of his opinions, but he was brave enough to stand by the unpopular beliefs, and honest enough to let his ideas evolve. But his core seemed to be peace, music, and freedom. Those ideas didn't need a lot of change. If you have a chance to check the American Masters episode on Pete, it's certainly worth it. You'll find his old TV show Rainbow Quest at YouTube.


/Heard indirectly a quote from Arlo Guthrie "Of course he died. Doesn't mean he's gone.'
 
2014-01-28 08:35:38 AM
Time to go into your little box made of ticky-tacky, Pete. Will it be a green one, a pink one, a blue one or a yellow one? Link

/Whatever one it is, I hope they slap a peace sign sticker on it. And paint some flowers on it.
//RIP old friend I never met
 
2014-01-28 08:40:31 AM
Will Dylan perform an electric set at his funeral?
 
2014-01-28 08:40:47 AM

varmitydog: Time to go into your little box made of ticky-tacky, Pete. Will it be a green one, a pink one, a blue one or a yellow one? Link

/Whatever one it is, I hope they slap a peace sign sticker on it. And paint some flowers on it.
//RIP old friend I never met


That was Malvina Reynolds. Another one of the old agitators. Smart woman.
 
2014-01-28 08:42:12 AM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: He played "concerts" at my high school.

I was too stupid then to realize what a treasure that was.

RIP Mr. Seeger


Obligatory
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VucczIg98Gw
 
2014-01-28 08:44:39 AM
I've been trying to track down a Pete Seeger song I heard on As It Happens once. I believe it was in the late 80s at the Democratic national convention. It was a humorous song about politicians called 'They Lie'. Anyone know it?
 
2014-01-28 08:44:55 AM
I will always associate him with the day I interviewed for my current job.  There was a Sacco and Vanzetti display in the main hall of the court house and there was a music box that had some Pete Seegar and Woody Guthrie songs on it.  I went home and looked into both more extensively and loved what I heard.

Thanks for the tunes. Thanks for the effort.  RIP.
 
2014-01-28 08:47:30 AM
Folk music... That's Barry White, right?
 
2014-01-28 08:52:17 AM
Why is it sad when someone who's 94 dies?  That's awesome.  90 f*ckin 4!  Great job dude!
 
2014-01-28 08:53:36 AM

vudukungfu: foo monkey: vudukungfu: Goodnight, Irene.

No, that's Dexy's Midnight Runners.

/rip singy man.

Thought is was Huddy Ledbetter.


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That's "Hedley"
 
2014-01-28 08:53:42 AM
Bum ditty bum ditty.
 
2014-01-28 08:58:15 AM
RIP Awesome Protest Guy

Are the going to bury him waist deep in the big muddy?
 
2014-01-28 08:59:45 AM

foo monkey: vudukungfu: Goodnight, Irene.

No, that's Dexy's Midnight Runners.

/rip singy man.


Dexy's Midnight Runners sang about Eileen.


And hopefully, Pete Seeger's coffin will not be made out of ticky tacky boxes that come in many colors like green and pink.
 
2014-01-28 09:00:10 AM

FrancoFile: Oh great, here comes another week of masturbatory Baby Boomer wailing and tearing of the garments.

If you need an entertainer to inspire you to do what you already think is the moral and right course of action, then your revolution is doomed to failure.

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Given that his career stretched from the 40s to the 10s, you're going to be hearing from a lot more than Baby Boomers in the coming days.  Basically, anyone who picked up an acoustic guitar (especially a 12-string) or a banjo in this country in the last 50 years was influenced by him in some way
 
2014-01-28 09:01:47 AM
The last time I saw Pete live was at the Takoma Park Folk Festival back in 90's. He was as vibrant a soul as you'd ever want to see. His energy level was amazing for someone of his age. He still had a strong voice then, and led a surprisingly large crowd in several of the old anthems.

// So long Pete, it's been good to know ya !
 
2014-01-28 09:07:48 AM
A time to laugh and a time to mourn.

May the wind be at his back on his journey.
 
2014-01-28 09:07:58 AM
Pros:

Extreme courage
Incredible writer
Pursued Justice
Incredible musician
Never got fat
Lived a full life
Admirers in every generation
Prolific song writer
dropped out of Harvard before Bill Gates
and a thousand more


Cons:

Played Banjo.
 
2014-01-28 09:09:28 AM

gaslight: I've been trying to track down a Pete Seeger song I heard on As It Happens once. I believe it was in the late 80s at the Democratic national convention. It was a humorous song about politicians called 'They Lie'. Anyone know it?


That was an old Wobblie song, taken directly from verses in the old KJV of the Bible which was (and probably still is) the most common version out there. Pete Seeger sung it, as did Woody Guthrie and I believe that it was first done by Malvina Reynolds or Joe Hill.

Folk music of the sort that Guthrie, Hill and Reynolds were singing in the 1930s would likely have been more popular, a lot of their musicology was trending toward that of Japan, with lyrical traditions right out of Ireland and Scotland, interestingly enough. It was the development of recorded music that changed how music was distributed. The first songs put on recordings were traditional folk songs out of Appalachia, the South and the Allegheny mountains that were already rather common amongst the itinerant workers that made up much of the labor force across the Country. Back then, much of the labor force was migratory, and people had to be seamstresses, machinists, loggers, miners or farmworkers all at the same time. One day a man could be felling timber, a few weeks later chopping hard rock in a mine, a couple months later his wife would be working in a textile factory while he and the kids were picking fruit.

But Japan shelled the USS Panay in 1937 and nixed much of that music when anti-Japanese sentiment swept the country. We ended up with the swing/jazz era instead. But the old traditional gospel/folk/ country music was the original tradition. Bluegrass, Blues and gospel music. Jazz only got popular because thats where the money was.
 
2014-01-28 09:12:05 AM

FrancoFile: Oh great, here comes another week of masturbatory Baby Boomer wailing and tearing of the garments.

If you need an entertainer to inspire you to do what you already think is the moral and right course of action, then your revolution is doomed to failure.

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And you will stay in your basement, angry and alone.
 
2014-01-28 09:13:03 AM
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          ***  RIP - The Seether  ***
 
2014-01-28 09:15:05 AM

BitwiseShift: Pros:

Extreme courage
Incredible writer
Pursued Justice
Incredible musician
Never got fat
Lived a full life
Admirers in every generation
Prolific song writer
dropped out of Harvard before Bill Gates
and a thousand more


Cons:

Played Banjo.


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2014-01-28 09:15:08 AM

BitwiseShift: Pros:

Extreme courage
Incredible writer
Pursued Justice
Incredible musician
Never got fat
Lived a full life
Admirers in every generation
Prolific song writer
dropped out of Harvard before Bill Gates
and a thousand more


Cons:

Played Banjo.


Hey naw, do NOT mock the Banjo.
 
2014-01-28 09:18:09 AM

aphyd: Will Dylan perform an electric set at his funeral?


OK - that made me laugh.


Lenny_da_Hog: Folk music... That's Barry White, right?


No. That's f**k music.
 
2014-01-28 09:22:37 AM

aphyd: Will Dylan perform an electric set at his funeral?


www.trbimg.com
 
2014-01-28 09:24:31 AM
I made the mistake of reading the comments on the yahell version of this article.

It made me terribly sad.

RIP Pete.  Many agreed with you and many didn't, but you were always a gentleman when you disagreed.
 
2014-01-28 09:26:08 AM
www.nndb.com

Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?
 
2014-01-28 09:42:09 AM
Pete Seeger was still alive?  Wow, I would have guessed he was gone along time ago.  He's cool, no disrespect, but he seemed old 40 years ago.  I learned about Pete Seeger as a historical figure when I was in grade school and I'm old.
 
2014-01-28 09:42:37 AM
Goodnight, folkyman.
 
2014-01-28 09:46:28 AM
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Welcome, tovarisch!
 
2014-01-28 09:50:34 AM

WanPhat: Pete Seeger was still alive?  Wow, I would have guessed he was gone along time ago.  He's cool, no disrespect, but he seemed old 40 years ago.  I learned about Pete Seeger as a historical figure when I was in grade school and I'm old.


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No biggie, the 2009 inauguration wasn't that big of a media spectacle.
 
2014-01-28 09:51:40 AM
shabu:


/Heard indirectly a quote from Arlo Guthrie "Of course he died. Doesn't mean he's gone.'

" Death is a primitive concept; I prefer to think of [him] as battling evil, in another dimension! "
 
2014-01-28 09:51:55 AM
If I had a hammer, I would build a coffin for me.....
 
2014-01-28 09:53:40 AM

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RIP Mike Seaver

 
2014-01-28 09:57:07 AM
RIP comrade.
 
2014-01-28 09:58:58 AM
While it certainly is sad news & we are a lesser place with him gone, 94 is a pretty good run & he influenced more people than can be counted.  He will be missed but not forgotten.
 
2014-01-28 09:59:21 AM
Seven decades of kicking fascist ass.
Now that's entertainment.
 
2014-01-28 10:02:20 AM

Kyosuke: GeeksAreMyPeeps: Was it the crushing pain of the Grammy defeat?

That he lost to Stephen Colbert. Could be an interesting Colbert Report tonight.


The only reason I know that he was nominated is from the segment on Colbert last night. I guess you could say he got the Colbert bump off.
 
2014-01-28 10:04:41 AM

BitwiseShift: Cons:

Played Banjo.


Hey, screw you. What I do with a banjo can't really be called "playing" unless one is extremely generous...  but still.

Banjo is awesome.
 
2014-01-28 10:04:53 AM
Just watched the Rainbow Quest with Mississippi John Hurt, where Pete is just in awe of his guest. Seen it many times, but it never isn't wonderful.  Perhaps that is what is hard to find these day. People that genuinely love music, or is it commies? I can't remember.

I was fortunate that I was raised by a fan of the Folk music that Pete embraced. I was able to pass that along to my daughter.

aphyd: Will Dylan perform an electric set at his funeral?


Bet Dylan wouldn't.
 
2014-01-28 10:05:52 AM
So long, it's been good to know yuh!
 
2014-01-28 10:06:17 AM

FrancoFile: Oh great, here comes another week of masturbatory Baby Boomer wailing and tearing of the garments.

If you need an entertainer to inspire you to do what you already think is the moral and right course of action, then your revolution is doomed to failure.


fark you you cynical fark. Music has always been an inspirational force and the fact that it can move people to action is a historical fact.
His music quite literally had an impact, an effect.It changed the course of history without a bullet, without a gun.

I would love to know what outside influences define your personal ethos, unless of course it is all entirely based on a personally written manifesto.
 
2014-01-28 10:08:05 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: I made the mistake of reading the comments on the yahell version of this article.

It made me terribly sad.


Shouldn't. Those  (by no means unanimous) comments there, and the one or two we'll get here are a teastamnet to Pete by virtue of who they come from: the tiny handful of human beings who hate Pete Seeger are some of the worst people in the world.
 
2014-01-28 10:11:13 AM
God bless you.  May the image of your rectitude and love and grace inspire us forever!

This man was truly great.  Just look at his enemies!
 
2014-01-28 10:13:01 AM

exparrot: I would love to know what outside influences define your personal ethos,


Based on the user name, I would speculate: img.fark.net
 
2014-01-28 10:13:24 AM

firsttiger: Puff the Magic Dragon is the one that makes me cry every time.

RIP.


That was Peter Paul and Mary.
 
2014-01-28 10:18:12 AM

Danger Mouse: firsttiger: Puff the Magic Dragon is the one that makes me cry every time.

RIP.

That was Peter Paul and Mary.


Close enough, just go with it....
 
2014-01-28 10:25:28 AM

dullspork: jfarkinB: Caught the NPR story on the way in this morning. It ended with his son (I think) saying that Pete ended up doubting that the pen (and the banjo) really were mightier than the sword -- that he felt like he'd failed in his mission. That brought a lump to my throat.

Pete, you may not have made it to the Promised Land -- but I think we'd be much further from it if not for you. I'd like to think that somewhere, somehow, you know that now.

That was actually his grandson, Tau. Nice guy. Also a musician.


I got to see Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie twice at their Thanksgiving concerts at Carnegie Hall (my wife
and her family are all huge Arlo fans).  Tau was there with him, and indeed he was very good (as was Arlo's daughter & son), but even at 1/3 his Grandpa's age (Pete was in his mid 80s at the time), he didn't
have 1/10th of his energy on stage.

If anyone could transcend petty politics and unite all human beings, it was Pete Seeger.  Too bad almost
no one (on any part of the political spectrum) has that sort of wisdom these days.
 
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