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1. Pete Seeger (born May 3, 1919) 90th Birthday Celebrations
From: George Lessard

1. Pete Seeger (born May 3, 1919) 90th Birthday Celebrations
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:14 pm ((PDT))

Pete Seeger celebrates 90th birthday on Fest's main stage
by Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune
Saturday April 25, 2009, 4:02 PM


New Orleans music impresario Quint Davis is habitually effusive when he
introduces acts on the stages during Jazz Fest. But he was particularly so
with Pete Seeger, the folk music titan whom Davis called "the grandfather
of this festival" for having helped found the Newport Folk Festival in the

"On the occasion of his 90th birthday," Davis crowed from the Acura Stage
Saturday afternoon, "this land is your land, this land is my land. Pete

Dressed in blue jeans and armed with a banjo, the slender Seeger looks at
least 20 years younger, and his set was such a throwback it seemed strange
not to be watching it in black and white.


But there was no denying the power of the legend's presence. "Turn! Turn!
Turn (to Everything There is a Season)" had the Fair Grounds feeling a lot
like Woodstock, and the group's version of "I Don't Want Your Millions,
Mister" provided a sound perfectly suited to these economic times:
thousands of people singing "Give me back my job again" in unison, over
and over.

"That one goes out to Wall Street," Rodriguez Seeger said when it was over.

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Pete Seeger
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


90th Birthday Celebration

On May 3, 2009, dozens of musicians will gather in New York at Madison
Square Garden to celebrate Seeger's 90th birthday[18]. Consistent with
Seeger's long-time advocacy for environmental concerns, the proceeds from
the event are to benefit the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater[19], a
non-profit organization created to defend and restore the Hudson River.

A number of Pete Seeger celebrations are being organised in Australia
including a musical play about his life ONE WORD WE!, a DVD of his 1963
concert in Melbourne Town Hall, and concerts in folk clubs and folk
festivals. More info at web page detailing Seeger's 90th birthday
celebration in Australia.

Here are links to other "For Pete's Sake: Sing!" 90th-birthday shows on
Sunday, May 3:

Seattle, WA

Huntington, NY

Telkwa, BC�023&cmd%5B59%5D=x-77-14023

Ithaca, NY

Richmond, VA

Rockville, MD

Boston, MA

Sherborn, MA

Bellingham, WA

Knoxville, TN

Dayton, OH

In Australia:

In Scotland:

On April 18, 2009, Pete Seeger performed in front of a small group of
Earth Day celebrants at Teachers College in New York City. Among the songs
he performed were "This Land is Your Land", "Take it From Dr. King" and
"She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain."


Inspired by Woody Guthrie, whose guitar was labeled "This machine kills
fascists," Seeger's banjo was emblazoned with the motto "This Machine
Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender."


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Pete Seeger - Introduction | American Masters | PBS

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