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As both artist and activist, Pete Seeger never surrendered to threats, blacklisting, or old age. At 89 captures folk music’s great elder statesman holding forth with his trademark gusto, offering a selection of familiar and newly written songs interspersed with instrumentals and spoken-word pieces. This 2008 studio recording surrounds Seeger with an assortment of musical friends, including The After Hours Quartet and The Hudson River Sloop Singers. Pete brings renewed life to such signature compositions as “False From True” (a meditation on growing older served up Dixieland jazz–style) and “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” (still relevant to today, unfortunately). The Hebrew-language tune “Tzena, Tzena, Tzena”—a hit from Seeger’s days with The Weavers—is revised to include Arabic lyrics that underscore its universal message of peace. New tunes like “If It Can’t Be Reduced” (a sing-along ode to waste disposal) and “We Will Love or We Will Perish” (a prayerful lyric set to a Bach melody) are by turns playful and poignant. At 89 finds Seeger looking toward the future with guarded hope and unbroken spirit.

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an icon blazes the way

pete contiues to make fantastic music. follow his lead and the good ole' usa will get back on the right track. it's up to us! Peace, or forever hold your tongue.


This is a wonderful look at the music that has inspired Peter and an outgrowth of his environemntal interests. He can still grab his audience and want you to sing along with him. No one can surpass him, no matter what. This album works.

Pete keeps going and going...

I got worried about a dozen years ago when Paul Winter put together the "Pete" album. Felt like a eulogy of sorts, but this album finds him a vibrant octagenarian who is still able to gather friends and strangers to lift their voices in song. After almost nine decades, Pete still sees us as capable of making a difference in our lives and others. Fans should also look into the PBS American Masters Series Pete Seeger special "The Power of Song."


Born: May 3, 1919 in New York, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Perhaps no single person in the 20th century did more to preserve, broadcast, and redistribute folk music than Pete Seeger, whose passion for politics, the environment, and humanity earned him both ardent fans and vocal enemies ever since he first began performing in the late '30s. His battle against injustice led to his being blacklisted during the McCarthy era, celebrated during the turbulent '60s, and welcomed at union rallies throughout his life. His tireless efforts regarding global concerns...
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