Pete Seeger, the minstrel who called people to social justice issues for more than sixty years has died at 94. Seeger, was an inspiration to singers and songwriters such as Bob Dylan and others died in his sleep yesterday evening in New York.
Along with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger was responsible for the rise of folk music in pop culture in the United States. While his fame peaked in the 60s, his songs remained popular throughout the country and he was never forgotten by the “baby boomer” generation.
Songs such as “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” rallied activists behind many issues. His rewrite of a gospel song, “We Shall Overcome” was the civil-rights movement’s anthem.
Seeger and Toshi, his wife of 71 years lived in a cabin beside the Hudson River. The couple had three children and Toshi Seeger died in July, 2013 at age