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A Seeger Celebration - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Joseph Schwarz

Pete Seeger, who died on January on January 27, 2014, would have turned 95 on May 3rd. The following day, the Sunday Breakfast aired "A Seeger Celebration," an updating of the 90-minute special I produced for Pete's 90th birthday. It's a tribute to Pete's life and music, with commentary from many of his admirers, such as Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Noel Stookey, Nanci Griffith, and Tom Paxton, as well as highlights of several interviews I did with Pete over the years.

Pete's impact as a musician and activist is incalculable. For more than seven decades he wrote or adapted songs which introduced us to concepts, cultures, and countries that became a little less foreign, and he taught us all how to sing along. He sowed seeds that will bear fruit for decades to come. He was a proud link in the chain and the personification of the folk process.