A celebrated folk musician and activist, Pete Seeger was best known for the songs he has written or helped to write, such as “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “If I Had A Hammer.” Other songs he adapted and introduced, such as “Wimoweh,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “Guantanamera,” are now known worldwide.
In 1994, Pete received the N.E.A. National Medal of Arts and was recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. This surprised many people who knew that Pete had been sentenced to a year in jail for not cooperating with the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1955. However, times have changed, and he is still singing, often for the grandchildren of those he sang for in 1940.
Of his 17 books, the most recent in is his revised Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Folk Process in Songwritin’, published by Sing Out Publications. The book contains 200 songs with chords and melodies. Three accompanying CD’s assist readers to learn the songs.
His unique ability to inspire was matched only by his passion and belief in music’s ability to change the world – a view that served to inspire the countless people to whom he played. After a career that spanned over six decades, Pete Seeger passed away on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94, leaving behind a legacy of optimism, social responsibility and, of course, timeless music.