"Happy 90th Birthday Pete!!" {UpDated}

originally posted 2009-05-03 12:40:36 -0500. bumped by carol

Pete Seeger - Guantanamera

 

Pete Seeger At 90: An Appreciation

 

Listen to a short take on the Appreciation from NPR

 

Weekend Edition Sunday, May 3, 2009 - Pete Seeger turns 90 today — and he's still performing. In fact he's playing and singing tonight at a birthday bash in Madison Square Garden, alongside Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and many others.

 

Proceeds from the show will go to Clearwater, an organization — and a boat — launched by Seeger 40 years ago to raise awareness about pollution in the Hudson River. >>>>>More Here

 

Pete Seeger tells how he came to write "Turn Turn Turn."

 

Happy Birthday Pete! Posted by Jimmy Higgins

 

In a few hours I'm going to the Pete Seeger 90th birthday concert, courtesy Lee and Alice (pbut). In my early teens, some who know me now will be surprised to learn, I was a folky. These days, not so much.

 

But I am proud to say, I have never once stopped defending Pete Seeger from criticisms aesthetic and political. His instrument is not and never was his voice, nor even his banjo. It was his audience. And he played his audience so brilliantly because he genuinely loved them and trusted them to help make his music, their music. >>>>>More Here

 

Pete Seeger Appreciation Page

 

In addition to being America's best-loved folksinger and an untiring environmentalist, Pete Seeger is a national treasure. He has been at the forefront of the labor movement, the struggle for Civil Rights, the peace and anti-war movements, and the fight for a clean world. He has been a beacon for hope for millions of people all over the world. Once blacklisted from national television for being unafraid to voice his opinions, he was given the nation's highest artistic honors at the Kennedy Center in December 1994. In January 1996 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although he left Harvard during his second year, in the spring of 1996 he was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal, presented annually to a Harvard graduate who has made an important contribution to the arts. He won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album of 1996 in February 1997 for his Living Music recording "Pete." At the end of April 1999, he traveled to Cuba to accept the Felix Varela Medal, that nation's highest honor for "his humanistic and artistic work in defense of the environment and against racism." In April 2000, he was named one of America's Living Legends by the Library of Congress. >>>>>More At Site

 

Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen HQ "This Land is Your Land" "We Are One" Obama Inaugural

 

 

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Singer songwriter Pete Seeger performs at the benefit concert celebrating his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, May 3, 2009 in New York. The concert is a benefit for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, created by Seeger to preserve and protect the Hudson River. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Springsteen Leads Star-Studded 90th Birthday Concert For Pete Seeger
A star-studded medley of musical guests played tribute to Pete Seeger at a benefit concert for the legendary folk singer's 90th birthday.

Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco and John Mellencamp were among the 40 musicians performing in Madison Square Garden for the Sunday night show, a benefit to raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization Seeger started to preserve and protect the Hudson River. >>>>>Rest Found Here

 

Pete Seeger 90th Birthday Amazing Grace

 

Pete Seeger leads his audience at MSG 05/03/09 in Amazing Grace. He also tells the story of the song. Sorry, but I didn't get the end of the singing so buy the DVD.

 

by Andrew Courtney

 

Iraqi student Taif Jany gives Pete Seeger a gift: the words to the famous Woody Guthrie song "This Land is Your Land", as adapted by Iraqi refugee students in Damascus, Syria. The occasion is Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration, May Day 2009, with friends and local musicians at the Beacon Sloop Club on the Hudson River.

 

The audience sings along with Pete and Taif, a refugee from Baghdad. Taif, now attending Union College in Schenectady, NY, is part of the Iraqi Student Project.

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Songs of the Sloop and River

 

Since before the sloop was ever launched, music has been the foundation of Clearwater. Pete Seeger raised the first few dollars for the sloop’s construction by performing songs about the river and passing around a banjo to collect donations. Each year, Clearwater produces the Great Hudson River Revival, which provides great musical entertainment, and an important environmental message, powered completely by wind, solar, and bio-diesel power.

 

Music, rhythm, and song are a key part of Clearwater’s education program on the sloop. Every day on-board, you may hear (or perform) old classics, recent favorites, or original creations.

 

There's a number of songs you can download on the rightside of the site page.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

How could I have missed this. Great post. Thanks.

carol