It is hard to overstate the importance and impact of Pete Seeger on civil rights. Few musicians have sold boldly stood in support of the downtrodden and against the frequent injustices that plague our society. The man was more than a mere “legend” decades before he passed.
There are scores of obituaries and remembrances in the media today. And deservedly so. There is no hole left in the fabric of our culture by Pete Seeger’s passing because the whole cloth of protest music was woven with major accomplishments of the man.
Pete Seeger holds a place of esteem in the canon of our arts because of his brave stance as an activist and his ability to powerfully perform great music. His contribution to this world goes far beyond plucking a banjo or singing a folk song. His mere presence gave any movement the stamp of significance and, in the process, the man taught millions what it is to truly have dignity and a broader purpose as a champion for everyman.
I first became acquainted with Seeger when he performed the anti-war song, “Knee Deep In The Big Muddy”, on the “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in the late Sixties. I hadn’t a clue who he was or what he had done but, after finding out, I always loved seeing the man perform. His pacifism made a huge impact on my life and helped me to become a conscientious objector.
I feel blessed that Mr. Seeger was in my life and his contribution as a true American citizen and a voice for people everywhere will reside in my heart for the rest of my life.
Here’s to Pete Seeger! Irreplaceable, valuable, glorious Pete Seeger. The Best of The Best, hands down.