Pete Seeger, the iconoclastic folk singer, whose music and life were the embodiment of music’s potent force, died today in New York City, at the age of 94.
Wrote “If I Had a Hammer”, “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”
Mr Seeger’s career was an arc of success in every form, from his songs (including such national folk standards as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “If I Had a Hammer”) to his guitar and banjo playing, to his political advocacy (much of which put him in the crosshairs of many a political figure (Mr. Seeger was blacklisted as a result of the infamous McCarthy hearings, and his focus on pollution, particularly of the Hudson River, did not sit well with the manufacturing and industrial-military establishment.), Mr. Seeger maintained his musical integrity and inspired generation upon generation of guitar players, banjo players, singers, and songwriters, who sought to emulate his creative and motivational path.
Follow Mr. Seeger’s Advice to Sing and Play Guitar
We know that his encouragement to learn guitar and let your voice be heard in song will live eternally, and we all draw inspiration from the way he followed his muse and his heart.