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It's a sad day indeed. Sometimes you think they're going to live forever. RIP, Pete...

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday. He was 94 and lived in Beacon, N.Y.
Full article here.

Non-paywall obituary from USA Today at the link. http://www.usatoday.com/...  A commenter made a good point that Pete probably wouldn't appreciate his obit being behind a paywall. I suspect not.

The world sure isn't going to be the same without him.

 I remember listening to him with my dad over thirty years ago and thinking he might be the only guy older and leftier than my dad was. And that sure took some doing. I'm sure that many of our older Kossacks could do his life and legacy far more justice than I could. Please feel free to share...  and a few choice quotes below the jump.

Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
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.
One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties.
It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.
I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.
One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties.
Quotes are from BrainyQuote. I'm not able to link to it for some reason, but there are a few others well worth reading and reflection.

Thanks again to everyone for comments and anecdotes. I'm going to get some much needed rest; I'll be back in the morning.

Originally posted to camlbacker on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM PST.

Also republished by Protest Music and An Ear for Music.

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