And the father of American folk music has died. This morning Americans young and old are taking to social media to remember Pete Seeger. ♪ Pete Seeger wrote hundreds of songs, performed by... See More
And the father of American folk music has died. This morning Americans young and old are taking to social media to remember Pete Seeger. ♪ Pete Seeger wrote hundreds of songs, performed by many of the greats in American folk music. ♪ Everything a turn turn turn ♪ Reporter: Seeger's career as a mainstream performer with the weaverers was ended by the red scare, blacklisted and sent to jail for refusing to answer questions about his ties to the communist party and would re-emerge as a pioneer of protest music. ♪ We shall overcome ♪ Reporter: His song became one of the anthems for civil rights. Another in 1962 to protest the Vietnam war still resonated decades later in a concert against the war in Iraq. ♪ Where have all the flowers gone ♪ ♪ all my life's a circle ♪ Reporter: Seeger was a mentor to topical singers in the '50s and '60s but it inspired decades of generations including Bruce Springsteen who said it reawakened the lost voices of America. Just last summer Seeger sang with Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson at farm aid. ♪ This land was made for you and me ♪ And this truly sums up Seeger, the message written on his banjo said this machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.
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