ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Harmony of Communion

Pete Seeger, who died on 27 January 2014, aged 94, was an American singer and activist who turned folk music into a vehicle for social change.

He didn’t play massive arena shows. He didn’t start any fashion trends. He didn’t own a private jet nor did he have an entourage of groupies hanging around his every chord. For sure, he’s never bitten the head off any animal on stage or trashed any hotel rooms. And, for someone who’s recorded over a hundred albums in his almost 75-year-old career as musician, activist and folk music revivalist, he definitely didn’t spend his time signing on expensive record deals or hogging the limelight.

And yet, Pete Seeger, the gifted troubadour and champion of change, was nothing short of a dazzling, if unwilling, star. Armed with a five-string banjo and a 12-string guitar, he was a professional troublemaker who believed that his job was “to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world and, if used right, it may help to save the planet”.

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