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Thread #80866   Message #2583525
Posted By: GUEST,Larry Long
07-Mar-09 - 05:48 PM
Thread Name: Happy! - May 3 (Pete Seeger born, 1919)
Subject: RE: Happy! - May 3 (Pete Seeger born, 1919)
I met Pete Seeger while singing and organizing for the family farmer back in 1979 through the late Governor Elmer Benson of Minnesota.   When I showed up at the American Agriculture Strike Office in Appleton, Minnesota with a guitar singing farm protest songs, while leaning on a cane and well into his 80's Elmer replied, "You remind me of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger when they came through Minnesota singing for striking lumberjacks and miners in the 30's!"   He then called up Pete and introduced me to him.   We've been friends ever since. Be it singing for farmers, striking workers, clean rivers, children, or a better world for all - - Pete has been there with heart filled with kindness and hope. I was able to record Pete's spoken word and brought those words into one of his songs, Well May The World Go.   I recorded a full CD by the same title for Smithsonian Folkways in 2001, where you can hear this recording.   On May 3rd there will be a big celebration for Pete at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, proceeds go to the Clearwater - I'll be there and hope you all can make it as well.   In the spirit of kindness, peace, and justice -
Larry Long (www.larrylong.org)