'This Land Is Your Land': Portrait of a Song as a Bird in Flight by Pete Seeger

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[This article, written by Pete Seeger, first ran in our paper onJuly 1, 1971]

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If Every Concert Were A Benefit, Pete Seeger Would Be Frank Sinatra

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Pete Seeger
[The following article, written by Tom Smucker, ran in The Village Voice on
October 16, 1976
.]

See also: Legendary Texas Punk Tim Kerr's Tribute to Folk Hero Pete Seeger


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Legendary Texas Punk Tim Kerr's Tribute to Folk Hero Pete Seeger

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This morning the world woke up to sad news. Pete Seeger, folk singer and hero of the working class, has died. He was 94.

If you don't know it already, everyone ought to learn today about how Pete Seeger was dragged before the House Un-American Activities Committee and refused to testify but offered to sing. About how that act of good-natured defiance got him indicted--and convicted--for contempt, and got him blacklisted. And about how, nonetheless, he never went away. Pete Seeger insisted on remaining relevant. He did it grinningly, ingratiatingly, wittily, defiantly. Calculatingly, when you think about it, but mostly just insistently. The documentary about his life, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, ought to be required viewing.

We found out about his passing this morning via Facebook, and the Seeger sketch by legendary Texas punk Tim Kerr you see above. Kerr played in the Big Boys, Poison 13, Jack O Fire, the Monkeywrench, and Lord High Fixers. He also produced a good deal of the albums on venerable garage rock label Estrus Records. He's a Texas punk icon.

Kerr still plays music in Austin, and in recent years has made quite a name for himself on the art scene. His Facebook tribute speaks to the depth and breadth of Pete Seeger's influence and, starting today, his legacy. He was a folk singer songwriter able to touch the heart of one of Texas' OG punks. Kerr's full sketch to and remembrance of Seeger after the jump

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