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Pete Seeger

Induction category: Early Influence


Inductee: Pete Seeger (banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals; May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) Pete Seeger’s contribution to folk music, both in terms of its revival and survival, cannot be overstated. With the possible exception of Woody Guthrie, Seeger is the greatest influence on folk music of the last century. Born in New York City, he was the son of musicologist Charles Seeger. He took up the banjo in his teens and in 1938, at the age of 19, assisted noted folk archivist and field recorder Alan Lomax on his song-collecting trips through the American South. He soon began performing ...

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