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Folk musician and social activist Pete Seeger turns 94 on May 3rd. Please enjoy this video courtesy of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Smithsonian Folkways. Happy Birthday Pete!

Happy 94th Birthday Pete Seeger!

By SmithsonianFolkways

03 May 13 your social media marketing partner


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+50 # NanFan 2013-05-03 08:49
Thank you! Where are the Pete Seegers today?

"One, two, three, four
What are we fightin' for?"

+16 # WBoardman 2013-05-03 13:34
On partial answer to the question --

Voices for Change podcast (August 2010)
1. Saul Williams – The Pledge (Not in my name 2003)
2. Brother Ali – Uncle Sam Goddamn (The Undisputed Truth 2007)
3. Shamarr Allen, Dee 1, Paul Sanchez, Bennie Pete – Sorry Ain’t Enough No More (anti BP song 2010 – free download)
4. Sarah Harmer – Escarpment Blues (I’m a Mountain 2006)
5. Eliza Gilkyson – Man of God (Paradise Hotel 2005)
6. James McMurtry – We Can’t Make It Here (Childish Things 2005)
7. Alun Parry – All Hail To The Market (We Can Make The World Stop 2009)
8. Frank Turner – Photosynthesis (Love Ire & Song 2008)
9. Attila the Stockbroker – Supermodel (Live in Belfast 2003)
10. Moral Dilemma – Right to Remain Silent (Right to Remain Silent 2008)
11. Lily Allen – Fuck You (It’s not me, it’s you 2009)
12. The Peasants – Homeland Security (Love Your Enemy 2005)
13. Amy Martin – What You’re For (Obama song 2008, free download)
14. Evan Greer – The day all the Democrats won (Never Surrender 2009)
15. Immortal Technique – Poverty of Philosophy (Revolutionary Vol.1 2001)

And then there's Steve Earle, and Green Day and Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg and Tom Morell and P.H. Harvey and so many more I've never heard of --

The resistance exists, but too many resistors feel they're alone, and there's a lot of reasons for that....
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+9 # michelle 2013-05-03 14:37
I would John McCutcheon's Hail to the Chief to your list. A bit dated, 2003, but a great playlist.
1. Ashcroft's Army
2. Monkeys
3. Talking Tinky-Winky Blues
4. Hail to the Chief
5. I'm Packin'
6. The List
7. Take Back the Night
8. Let's Keep It Straight
9. John Rocker
10. It's the Economy, Stupid
11. Picture of Jesus
12. Talking Pat & Jerry Blues
13. I Am Here
+6 # DaveHOz 2013-05-03 23:28
Quoting WBoardman:
And then there's Steve Earle, and Green Day and Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg and Tom Morell and P.H. Harvey and so many more I've never heard of --

I'd like to add Emma's Revolution to the list.

Quoting WBoardman:

The resistance exists, but too many resistors feel they're alone, and there's a lot of reasons for that....

It's part of the dominators' game plan -- Divide and conquer.
+54 # NAVYVET 2013-05-03 09:48
In Middletown, RI, across the street from Newport, during mid-1960s folk festivals, the Seegers and other families lived in the main part of a scruffy pre-Civil War mansion with a hidden Underground Railroad staircase for escaping slaves. I was in the Navy, stationed in Newport and renting the old servants' quarters attached to the back of the house, and what a joy it was to get to know Pete and Toshi!!! I even got to harmonize with Pete during practice, then sang in a hootenanny later that year led by Mike Seeger. I never met Peggy and her late husband, the radical Scotsman Ewan MacColl, but it's quite a family. Pete is incredible, a gentle rebel, as beautifully, peacefully pushy as Gandhi, MLK and the Dalai Lama. I was happy when he became a Unitarian Universalist, as is every UU I've ever known. There ARE some mighty good protest singers nowadays, but the commercial stations no longer carry them--so you need to find them on YouTube or indy nonprofit radio stations. Better still, pick up your own guitar and write your own songs! At 77, I still do.
+43 # grouchy 2013-05-03 10:33
+15 # DaveM 2013-05-03 12:25
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETE! Your songs have been with me since I was a kid, and I've learned one heck of a lot about "attitude" from you, too. Thank you.

Sing it with me! "Happy Birthday...."
+17 # Judi 2013-05-03 12:58
You are my hero. Be Well. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, L"CHAIM
+19 # Terrapin 2013-05-03 14:13
Happy Birthday to a Stand-Up AMERICAN!

... can anyone remember the names of any of the cockroackes on the House of UnAmerican Activities Committee that tried to destroy Pete?
+18 # HerbR 2013-05-03 14:18
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETE ! We are all thankful you are still doin' it !!
Keep it up !!
+18 # Douglas Jack 2013-05-03 14:26
I met Pete in 2004, when Pete was only 85. Pete sang to us at the EF Schumacher sponsored international conference 'Local Currencies in the 21st Century at Bard College'. We talked a fair bit. Pete is intelligently concerned with every aspect of compassionate living including intelligent relational economy. On one occasion, Pete stood up on picnic table outside in a pick-up banjo session with a number of songs. Pete has pioneered so much of our present movement for humanity over so many decades with so many champions that; its hard to put it all down in one place.
+18 # ThinkAgain 2013-05-03 15:07
Thank you, Smithsonian and RSN, for sharing this inspiring video. Than you Pete, and Woody, and Judy and others, who channeled our emotions into songs and actions. For some reason, just yesterday I found myself singing "If I had a hammer.."

Happy Birthday Pete!
+23 # drg927 2013-05-03 15:23
They have bombs.
We have songs.
We will win.
+19 # wleming 2013-05-03 15:25
seeger and the family are a national treasure going back to his mother ruth and father charles...... he brought the five string banjo back to america .... and he helped revive the american song... not bad for a harvard drop out. pete steel salutes him too... warren leming
+13 # tanis 2013-05-03 16:04
Happy Birthday Pete! I met you on a trip from Goddard College to Montreal. You talked of Woody Guthrie all the way. A trip I shall never forget. Thank you for your high spirit life!
+13 # Guy 2013-05-03 16:35
Happy Birthday Pete,you look good.God I hope I can look just as spry as you when I get to be that age,if I can get there.
Bless your heart for all you have done for opening humanity's heart .
+14 # doctoruth 2013-05-03 16:41
I never met Pete but have gone to his concerts and heard him sing since I was a girl - 69 odd years ago - we were 'left' and maybe it can be said: we were part of 'The Left' - a proud heritage, indeed.
+20 # futhark 2013-05-03 20:26
2013 Nobel Peace Prize for Pete Seeger! A prize that has been well earned and would be justly deserved!
+3 # Douglas Jack 2013-05-05 12:59
Futhark, the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for Pete Seeger would be the perfect solution. Pete because he knows better, would pass the prize directly to Bradley Manning & the world would have clear leadership about exactly the honesty which we need to achieve as a world people. Barack Obama might learn something about the truth we need to sort out this morass of US, Canadian, NATO sponsored violence, rather than Obama's present audacity of hopeful aggression & deception.
+12 # soularddave 2013-05-03 20:40
My first song of Pete's was "God Bless The Grass". I was captured, and haven't stopped taking his songs from his heart to mine.
We don't make as much noise as we used to, but we're still a "movement".

Love ya, Pete, and ALL that you stand for.
+14 # ganymede 2013-05-03 21:42
Even with all the problems we face, any country that can produce a Pete Seeger can't be half bad. He's been an inspiration to me since I was a kid. He and the Weavers were the backdrop to the incredible 1960's and even the 50's when we were beginning to wake up. His music and his wonderful, generous heart will live on forever.
+12 # Andylovesrainbows 2013-05-04 01:00
Thank you Pete for all the values, love, and compassion you have for mankind. I wish we could clone you and make you our "fighting machine"! "It would be a wonderful, wonderful, world, it would be a wonderful world!" Of all your myriad of songs you've created, one of my absolute favorites is "Rainbow Race". You have made my life so much richer. Andy
+6 # flippancy 2013-05-04 14:50
One of my first musical loves when I was a kid was the Weavers and Pete's On Top of old Smoky was my first hit that I fell for. Before that it was the stuff you'd expect from kids like Chicory
Chick and I'm my own Grandpa.

And yes, I'm 3 weeks younger than water.
+5 # cordleycoit 2013-05-04 20:36
Remember Pete from the forties with Cisco Huston, Woody and Will Geer Always spot on.
+2 # randrjwr 2013-05-06 17:12
Happy Birthday Pete!! You changed my life in the fall of 1957 when you played at Cornell where I was a freshman. Because you had been branded a communist by the HUAC, you were not allowed to play in the big auditorium on NY state land but played in the Memorial Room of the student union, Willard Straight Hall. I sat in the front row about 4 feet from you and was blown away. I bought a 5-string banjo (which you autographed the head of some 20 years later at Mariposa) and learned to play it in the frailing style. After all these years, I still play and still can't come close to what you can do but enjoy it all the same. More important, I also got your message and I wish everybody would get it and act on it. The world would be a better place if they did.