Farewell, Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

PETE SEEGER, FOLK ICON, political activist, the man who fostered the music of Woody Guthrie, beat the drum for Bob Dylan and lit the flame for Bruce Springsteen, has died at the age of 94. It’s understood that he passed away yesterday (January 27) in a New York hospital due to natural causes.

In a career that spanned more than eight decades, Seeger blazed a trail for American folk music laying the foundations for the entire ‘60s protest song movement and inspiring generations of musicians through songs of freedom, hope and togetherness, songs that weren't about you or me, but about us.

As Donovan told MOJO in 2007, “Pete pioneered the return of truthful songs of the people. He raised up the downtrodden, the broken-spirited and confirmed our humanity with his dignified courageous beauty.”

Read our full tribute to Pete Seeger here.

Watch Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash and June Carter on Seeger’s pioneering mid-1960s TV programme, Rainbow Quest.

Watch Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee on Rainbow Quest.

Watch Pete Seeger and The Weavers cover folk standard, Goodnight Irene.