Pete Seeger

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    Harry Belafonte & Arlo Guthrie
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    Early Influences


Unsinkable in his convictions, the formative folk singer Pete Seeger performed songs with passion and conscience.

His influence on folk music is inestimable. Seeger’s music and morals were a package deal—in a time of censorship of leftist views, he chose to go to jail rather than abandon his beliefs.

Hall of Fame Essay


Judy Collins

Pete Seeger has always walked the road less traveled.

A tall, lean fellow with long arms and legs, high energy and a contagious joy of spirit, he set everything in motion, singing in that magical voice, his head thrown back as though calling to the heavens, making you see that you can change the world, risk everything, do your best, cast away stones.

“Bells of Rhymney,” “Where Have All the Flowers  Gone?,”  “One Grain of Sand,”  “Oh, Had I a Golden Thread” -songs scattered along our path like jewels, from the present into the past, and back, along the road to the future. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1996
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1996 Inductee Pete Seeger
when we sing together nobody can take us down
Arlo Guthrie

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