Tag Archives: Pete Seeger

R.I.P. Pete Seeger

The popularity of today’s folk rock stars, from Iron & Wine and Billy Bragg to Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters and Men, all owe a large debt to American folk legend Pete Seeger, who passed away yesterday at age 94. To the end, Seeger was a champion, activist and resounding voice for civil rightsRead more...

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Occupy Music

Recent news of Miley Cyrus dedicating her song “Liberty Walk” to “to the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in,” those who are taking part in the Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement in general, has drawn mixed response from music fans, protestors and pretty much everyone else. ThatRead more...

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Martin Luther King Day: Remembering Hope, Progress & Embracing the American Dream through Music

2010 was a year of many things: of economic hardship, of loss, of social progress, and of musical innovation. Going into 2011, and more specifically Martin Luther King day, we must focus not on what we have lost, but how we are embracing the rhetoric of “hope” and “progress” and the “American dream.”

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KEXP Documentaries: Civil Rights Songs – “We Shall Overcome”

Our current series for KEXP Documentaries is Civil Rights Songs. Pete Seeger was a leading activist in the fight for unions in the 1940′s. In the 50′s his folk band The Weavers were blacklisted -- forbidden to play any commercial gigs -- for being part of the communist party. The Weavers broke up in 1952,Read more...

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