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Thread #17515   Message #169934
Posted By: Rick Fielding
28-Jan-00 - 06:05 PM
Thread Name: Greatest protest singer of the sixties
Subject: RE: Greatest protest singer of the sixties
I'm chuckling a bit right now. Folks if you don't think Dylan, Ochs, Baez, P,P and M, and quite a few other fine "commercial" performers and writers were in SERIOUS competition with each other, you're very wrong. From long experience I would say that Pete Seeger was one of the VERY few writers and singers of anti-government material who tried NOT to be in competition with his peers.

These were dedicated caring performers, but everyone named became part of an entertainment hierarchy, which included limos, huge fees, extensive contract riders, mainstream celebrity friends and some of the most devious and greedy management practices imaginable. It's all documented in the many biographies of the aforementioned artists. I would hasten to say though, that in my mind it has never diminished the important work they did, in my eyes at least.