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
This Land Is Your Land – LiveArtist: Pete SeegerAlbum: The Essential Pete SeegerLabel: Columbia
This Land is Your LandArtist: Pete Seeger