America lost a true legend last night in Pete Seeger. He was 94 years old and passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family members.
Pete’s music has been a big inspiration to me and to millions of people from around the world. He was a man with a great soul, someone who spoke truth to power and use his banjo as a weapon to sing about the injustices in the world. Pete was the Grandfather of the Social Justice Movement. He was the conscious that you would expect to see from an elder. A man with so much love to give that we were blessed to have him for 94 wonderful years of his life. A true American jewel whose legacy will never be forgotten.
To remember Pete, here is a great show put together by Amy Goodman. The whole team of Democracy Now did a great job of putting this together as we get to hear Pete talk about various issues as well as how he found out about his famous song, We Shall Overcome.
Here are the obituaries from the L.A. Times and NY Times:
I like to remember him with my favorite Pete Seeger songs. Some songs are by Victor Jara that were inspired by Mr. Seeger. Enjoy:
Little Boxes in Spanish
Pete Seeger doing Justice to Jose Marti’s Poem