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Thread #100487   Message #2048357
Posted By: John Hardly
10-May-07 - 04:06 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger: Nobel Peace -Updated-deadline Feb1!
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger: Nomination for Nobel Peace
Pete owes much of his success to his "persecution". He didn't "pay" a wit for anything. The "persecution" served to make a talented musician into a folk hero. Without that persecution he'd have been as much of a nobody as most of the other folk musicians of his era.

He was no poor boy made good -- though that is the persona that still sticks. He was Ivy League elite who learned the fine art of slumming with plain ol' "folk" -- and those "folk" ate it up. Still do.