Sunday, May 03, 2009

"This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It To Surrender"

Happy 90th birthday Pete Seeger!

I've had the privilege of seeing Pete Seeger perform twice and as I've often said, I'm glad he's on our side. Give him five minutes in front of a crowd and he can make them do just about anything he wants. Thankfully, he has always used this power for good. While Woody Guthrie was a rambling, gambling, hard-travelling, hard-drinking guy who collected a handful of wives in his time and whose guitar "killed fascists", his travelling partner, Pete Seeger was a teetotalling Quaker Unitarian pacifist who married a Japanese girl during World War Two and did time briefly for refusing to name names to Joe McCarthy. The insigna on his banjo said "this machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender."
As I reckon these things, he's probably one of the greatest living Americans. Happy Birthday Pete!

For a few videos and other material, you can stop by the Woodshed. For more interviews go here,and knowing all his history, if this latest work of his doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then the problem is with you, not Seeger.

For more music tune into Radio Woodshed, where I'll be playing Pete Seeger stuff all day long.

1 comment:

rwrizzo said...

RIP Pete. There will never be another like him, so it is up to all of us to carry on his legacy of song, and philosophy.