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When we think of Pete Seeger now, many of us might have an image of a kindly, principled, grandfatherly man singing songs of peace, love, justice, harmony and freedom. The songs he’s most associated with — like Where Have All The Flowers Gone? If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn and We Shall Overcome — hardly sound threatening or seditious.
And yet, in the post-Second World War era, the political establishment despised him and denounced Seeger as a radical. He was blacklisted as a communist.
While Woody Guthrie wrote the words “This Machine Kills Fascists” on his guitar, Seeger inscribed on his banjo the words, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender”. And Seeger’s songs became the anthems of protest and progressive change for a generation fed up with war, economic inequality and racial injustice.
These resources are courtesy of Amnesty International USA -https://www.amnestyusa.org/
- Pete Seeger – The Storm King: Stories, Narratives, Poems – Spoken Word Set to a World of Music (2013)
- Pete Seeger: Storm King, Vol. 2 (2016)
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