Pete Seeger Quotes
Pete Seeger was an American folk singer. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also
had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers,
most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts
for 13 weeks in 1950.
Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged
on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament,
civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes. He was responsible for
popularizing the spiritual "We Shall Overcome".
He remained engaged politically and maintained an active lifestyle in the Hudson Valley Region
of New York throughout his life.
Pete Seeger died in New York City on January 27, 2014, of natural causes.
May 3, 1919
in New York City, New York, U.S.
January 27, 2014 (at age of 94)
in New York City, New York, U.S.
Toshi Seeger (m. 1943-2013)
(Passed away on July 9, 2013)
Peggy Seeger, Mike Seeger, John Seeger, Charles Seeger III, Barbara Seeger, Penelope Seeger
American folk music, Protest music, Americana
Musician, songwriter, activist, television host
Banjo, guitar, recorder, tin whistle, mandolin, piano, ukulele
The Weavers, The Almanac Singers, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, Lead Belly
Avon Old Farms boarding school in Connecticut
Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Historically, I believe I was correct in refusing to answer their questions.
I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs.
I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches.
I believe that my choosing my present course I do no dishonor to them, or to those who may come after me.
I decline to discuss, under compulsion, where I have sung, and who has sung my songs, and who else has sung with me, and the people I have known.
I fought for peace in the fifties.
I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.
I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.
I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax.
I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an American.
I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.
I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it.
Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.
Pete Seeger Awards
Grammy Award for Traditional Folk Album: At 89 - Pete Seeger
Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for Pete