Pete Seeger died yesterday at the age 94. Simply put, I can't think of a single human being—musician or otherwise—who lived their life with more honesty and integrity. Over the course of a 75-year career that saw him perform with everyone from Woody Guthrie to Bruce Springsteen, Pete was convicted for contempt of Congress, was banned from ABC for refusing to sign a loyalty oath, and was censored by CBS for singing a Vietnam protest song. Later in life, Pete took up environmental activism, eventually guilting General Electric into cleaning up the PCBs it had dumped into the Hudson.
A linchpin of the Village folk revival of the 1950s, Pete performed straight up until the end of his life; we covered Pete's brief duet with Arlo Guthrie at his Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival in 2012. Read all about Pete's incredible life and legacy here.