Transcript for Folk Singer and Activist Pete Seeger Dead at Age 94
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Okay. Some sad news to pass along to this morning we learned that Pete Seeger an icon of American folk music has died. His five decade long songbook transformed our culture and his -- message became part of the history of our nation. ABC's -- Davis has a look at the life of this legend. All -- than us. Not. You may not recognize his face but you certainly know Pete -- -- music. God and man to. Seeger wrote hundreds of songs performed by many of the -- in American folk music. He was -- gifted storyteller and he learned at the feet -- a master Woody Guthrie. When I first heard this song -- -- -- -- -- just two simple. Cedars career as a mainstream performer with the weavers who was ended by the red scare. He was blacklisted and sent to jail for refusing to answer questions about his former ties with the Communist Party. He reemerged as a pioneer of protest music. His song became the anthem of the civil rights movement. Another that he wrote in 1962 to protest the Vietnam War still resonated 43 years later in a concert against the war in Iraq. And a half. -- -- Songs he once said our weapons. Sentiment spelled out on his banjo which read this machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender. -- did not surrender singer activist well into his eighties. Musician Bruce Springsteen said. He reawakened the lost voices of America. Lindsey Davis. ABC news. -- -- amazing -- for you Pete Seeger who was 94 was performing. Just until a few months ago period singing this land is your land -- a -- -- concert in September of last year. And he might recognizable spaces as John Cougar Mellencamp Nelson. Some have to. For incredible and he died at New York Presbyterian Hospital is Felices but they were calling hands and singing together when people. In this season icon. -- --
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