1. Photo: Pete Seeger's homemade banjo with inscription, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” 

Pete Seeger is one of the most important figures in the history of American folk music.  In the notes to the box set “Washington Square Memoirs,” musicologist Cary Ginell writes that, ”the image of  Seeger, with his homemade long-neck five string banjo, is synonymous with folk music… Today, only Woody Guthrie equals his status as a folk music icon.”  He believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause.  Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. 

Terry Gross spoke to the folk legend in 1985. Today we rebroadcast the interview in memory of him.  View in High-Res

    Photo: Pete Seeger's homemade banjo with inscription, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” 

    Pete Seeger is one of the most important figures in the history of American folk music.  In the notes to the box set “Washington Square Memoirs,” musicologist Cary Ginell writes that, ”the image of  Seeger, with his homemade long-neck five string banjo, is synonymous with folk music… Today, only Woody Guthrie equals his status as a folk music icon.”  He believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause.  Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. 

    Terry Gross spoke to the folk legend in 1985. Today we rebroadcast the interview in memory of him. 

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  1. Ed Ward on Johnny Cash's liberal attitude:

    Cash’s liberal attitude extended to the TV series he started that year, and not only his friend Bob Dylan, but also people like Pete Seeger, Derek and the Dominos and, yes, Kris Kristofferson got television exposure they’d probably not have gotten otherwise. The show lasted two seasons, and is still fondly remembered.

    Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash perform “Cripple Creek” on The Johnny Cash Show in 1970.

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  1. Today is Pete Seeger’s 93rd birthday. Here he is on Fresh Air in 1984.

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