Anyway, the grand birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York featured America's best known singers and songs Pete made famous. Among the performances:
- Joan Baez - Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
- John Mellencamp - If I Had a Hammer
- Dave Matthews - Rye Whiskey
- Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello - Ghost of Tom Joad
- Roger McGuinn - Turn,Turn,Turn
Pete's music followed through the Civil Rights movement, opposition to the Vietnam War and later the wars in the Gulf and Iraq, peace, antinuclear, environmental and labor struggles -- Pete's voice and banjo have been there, giving us hope and cheering us on. Along with the late Woody Guthrie and other folk singers and supporters, Pete founded People's Songs, Inc, which later became Sing Out! in order to promote folk music, especially of the political variety.
In addition to the Sing Out! Web site, other good places to find out more about Pete Seeger's life and works are:
Abraham Lincoln Brigade -- the American volunteers who went over to fight against Franco. So here is Pete singing "Viva la Quince Brigada" in Barcelona in 1993:
Photos: Pete Seeger at 90; Pete Seeger, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others at the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee where civil rights activists were trained.