Can’t Fight the Seeger: Intro 2 an Interview

Pete Seeger is far and away the most important American folk-hero of the 20th century, and arguably the preeminent American musician of his epoch. He’s certainly among the all-time greats of American music. Who else even comes close? This is an honest question. Tell me in the comments section!
Seeger is revered not only because he worked with everyone from Alan Lomax to Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash and Ani Difranco, but also because of his role in creating indelible songs such as “We Shall Overcome,” “Turn, Turn, Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season),” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” If I Had a Hammer,” “Waste Deep in the Big Muddy,” “Bring ‘Em Home,” and others.
The Seeg was a member of the chart-topping ensemble the Weavers in the ‘40s and the ‘50s (which also included his friend Woodrow Wilson Guthrie).
But that certainly ain’t all he’s revered for: An avowed pinko, Seeger famously vehemently refused to “name names” during the communist witch-hunts,* instead telling Congress what to do with their trumped-up indictment.
When Woody passed, the great American folk-mantle fell to Seeger, and he has carried it gracefully since, becoming a hero to successive generations of folk fans, environmentalists, democratic-socialists, protest singers, anti-militarists, and so forth.
In addition to the many anthems he’s authored, Seeger had a prominent role in popularizing songs such as “Which Side Are You On?,” “Where Did You Sleep Last Night (In the Pines),” “Little Boxes,” and so forth.
In 2006 I had the remarkable opportunity to interview Seeger on the behalf of Express, a Washington area newspaper.
Seeger did the interview to promote a subsequent performance at the Birchmere, an old-style supper club in Alexandria, VA.
Tha Seeg, still amazingly vital at 87, did the gig as part of a tribute to his onetime bandmate Woody Guthrie.


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