A Final Visit with Pete Seeger

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Singer Pete Seeger performs at the 2009 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize special outdoor tribute at Hunts Point Riverside Park on September 3, 2009 in New York City
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Pete Seeger was a giant, and barely a singer-songwriter has touched a guitar who doesn't owe him a musical debt. He died this week, at age 94.

In 2010, Kurt Andersen went to Seeger's home — a house he built himself on the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. They talked about "This Land Is Your Land." The song was written by Woody Guthrie, but it was Seeger who made it one of the most popular songs in America and an anthem for social justice around the world.

Seeger remembered touring colleges in the 1950s and 60s — he called those gigs “the most important work of my life,” teaching a generation how to pick up a guitar and speak its mind. "I look upon this whole country,” he told Kurt, “I've got not hundreds but thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of grandchildren and great grandchildren. People who got the idea, 'Hey, you can say something with a song instead of a speech.'"


Video: Pete Seeger at Home

Music Playlist

  1. This Land Is Your Land – Live

    Artist: Pete Seeger
    Album: The Essential Pete Seeger
    Label: Columbia
  2. This Land is Your Land

    Artist: Pete Seeger