Pete Seeger , the great activist and singer of traditional American music , passed away at the age of ninety-five . The news was reported in the media around the world , amplifying an unexpected disorientation which finds its reason in the thickness of its cultural and political work of the old singer , born in New York in 1919. Biography – part of which has already been dealt with in this book – is known to most people and , as a further proof of the importance of its production is intertwined with many other lives and vicissitudes that have played a central role in the twentieth century. Among these I like to remember the strong disagreement with the policy of McCarthyism dark , which hit hard the American leftists during the fifties . But above all, the collaboration with Woody Guthrie – met at the end of the Thirties – with which beat the United States in search of popular music “deep” ( as he wants the well-known legend ), ie, the oral music to which people (almost always the most marginalized and marginal ) relied on the story of their stories. His research projects were born many musical and political , through which Seeger has revived or written from scratch tracks which today represent ” musically ” The protest movements across the world . Among these is well worth listening to ” We Shall Overcome ” (which has become a workhorse of Joan Baez and came back in vogue thanks to the hard Springsteen dedicated in 2006 , just Seeger and his music ) , ” If I had a hammer “and the anti-war song ” Where have all the flowers gone ? “.
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