A big salute to the great Pete Seeger

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Happy 90th birthday, Pete Seeger! I have loved this man and his music since I was 14 years old and first heard him playing the banjo at Buck's Rock Work Camp.
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Alice T

Newton Upper Falls, MA

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May 2, 2009
 
I also enjoy Pete Seeger's music. However, Mr Chartock should have kept the focus on the music, but he couldn't help letting us know that he likes the color red when he said:
In college, I wrote a major paper on Pete Seeger and the First Amendment. When everyone else was running from the witch hunters who were putting people in jail because of what they said or thought, Pete stood tall and looked them in the eye. They tried to send him to jail but they didn't get away with it.
Mr Chartock carefully avoids using the word, but he is referring to communists. Mr Seeger joined the communist party and was a big fan of Joseph Stalin. To Mr Seeger's credit, he did change his mind, 40 or 50 years later, and admit that Stalin wasn't such a nice guy. Eventually, it became hard to ignore the well documented fact that Stalin and USSR communism murdered tens of millions. For more information see:
http://www.nysun.com/arts/seeger-speaks-and-s...

Finally, I hope Mr Chartock is as supportive of first amendment rights for those who criticize socialism and communism as he was for the pro-communist Seeger's rights.
Sarah C

Clifton Park, NY

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May 2, 2009
 
I love Pete. He has spent many years as the voice for cleaning up the Hudson River. He spends his time educating instead of castigating.
Jeffrey Reel

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May 2, 2009
 
Sarah C wrote:
I love Pete. He has spent many years as the voice for cleaning up the Hudson River. He spends his time educating instead of castigating.
Amen Sarah.
SAL

Weaverville, NC

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May 2, 2009
 
Pete Seeger-- wish I could be there--
socialism kills

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May 2, 2009
 
Do any of you fans have any of his recordings?
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Mclean, VA

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May 3, 2009
 
Part of Pete Seeger's universal appeal is his sincerity and humility.
Compare that to the incredible lack of either in Alan Chartock.
Boorishly regaling readers with how impressed Mr. and Mrs. Seeger allegedly were at the size of the WAMC CEO's house was no doubt intended to convey that everyone else should feel in awe as well.
Is the little professor's sense of inferiority so great that he can't write a simple tribute to a supposed old friend without insinuating himself into the limelight?

Since: May 08

Chicopee, MA

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May 3, 2009
 
Sarah C wrote:
I love Pete. He has spent many years as the voice for cleaning up the Hudson River. He spends his time educating instead of castigating.
There is hope for you!
Dick Hertz

Halifax, MA

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May 3, 2009
 
I miss the old Music Inn with the Pete-Arlo shows every Memorial day.

The Berk Buzzard did it's best to bury that venue and now we have overpriced condominiums littering the site, now known as "white pines", those pines that are still standing after the developers Jihad........
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East Longmeadow, MA

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May 3, 2009
 
why yes I have many of his recordings. i grew up listening to Pete. A truly honorable man.
plucknpick

Russellville, AR

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May 3, 2009
 
Dear Pete, Thanks for teaching the world to live, love and laugh (with a banjo in our laps of course!).

I learned from your "Red Book" over twenty years ago. I still play "Seeger Style", as well as more progressive and traditional bluegrass too!

You have influenced several generations of budding musicians.

Ring Ring the Old Banjo!
Mia

Longmeadow, MA

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May 3, 2009
 
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
Is the little professor's sense of inferiority so great that he can't write a simple tribute to a supposed old friend without insinuating himself into the limelight?
Is the little negative commenter's disdain for Alan Chartock so great that he can't write a simple comment about Pete Seeger without inserting his rage-spew of the day against Alan?
I like him and always enjoy his Saturday column. Oh well, I bet you two are secretly great friends!
Ron Roth

Sarasota, FL

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May 4, 2009
 
My late sisters, Florence and Phoebe, introduced me to folk just prior to WWII. I was hooked. Pete and the Almanacs were my favorites. I believe they later evolved into the Weavers, the best folk group ever.
Other folk singers deserving Hall of Fame status, I believe, should be:
Joan Baez, Odetta and Burl Ives.
Pete is most effective and entertaining when he gets the audience to sing along. It was a very uplifting experience and I never once needed to be 'kicked in the ribs' to join in. And I've always been moved by the marvelous voice of Ronnie Gilbert.
Here's to Pete, for his courage in 'dark times' and to his ability to entertain and encourage all people in dark and light times.
Joseph Stalin

Springfield, MA

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May 4, 2009
 
Salute comrad.... Salute !
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May 4, 2009
 
socialism kills

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May 4, 2009
 
Alice T wrote:
I also enjoy Pete Seeger's music. However, Mr Chartock should have kept the focus on the music, but he couldn't help letting us know that he likes the color red when he said:
<quoted text>
Mr Chartock carefully avoids using the word, but he is referring to communists. Mr Seeger joined the communist party and was a big fan of Joseph Stalin. To Mr Seeger's credit, he did change his mind, 40 or 50 years later, and admit that Stalin wasn't such a nice guy. Eventually, it became hard to ignore the well documented fact that Stalin and USSR communism murdered tens of millions. For more information see:
http://www.nysun.com/arts/seeger-speaks-and-s...
Finally, I hope Mr Chartock is as supportive of first amendment rights for those who criticize socialism and communism as he was for the pro-communist Seeger's rights.
comrade chartock--who went to jal for what they thought or said?
sis

Southbury, CT

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May 8, 2009
 
Alice T wrote:
I also enjoy Pete Seeger's music. However, Mr Chartock should have kept the focus on the music, but he couldn't help letting us know that he likes the color red when he said:
<quoted text>
Mr Chartock carefully avoids using the word, but he is referring to communists. Mr Seeger joined the communist party and was a big fan of Joseph Stalin. To Mr Seeger's credit, he did change his mind, 40 or 50 years later, and admit that Stalin wasn't such a nice guy. Eventually, it became hard to ignore the well documented fact that Stalin and USSR communism murdered tens of millions. For more information see:
http://www.nysun.com/arts/seeger-speaks-and-s...
Finally, I hope Mr Chartock is as supportive of first amendment rights for those who criticize socialism and communism as he was for the pro-communist Seeger's rights.
Great words and thoughts as this administration is rolling on to God only know. But I am sorry to say that these kinds of people only see value in what they have to say not what others may say that is opposite to their values. Pete Seeger to me is a old bag of wind that never know how to shout up!!!

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