Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Cécile Duflot ruffles some feathers

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Media accused of pro-protester bias in Ferguson

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment (part 2)

Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • Russian aid convoy reaches Ukraine’s rebel-held Luhansk

    Read more

  • Gunmen kill scores in Iraqi Sunni mosque attack

    Read more

  • Hamas publicly executes "informers"

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu set to be Erdogan's new PM

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Americas

Iconic US folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-28

American troubadour, folk music singer and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at a New York hospital. He was 94.

Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, says Seeger died of natural causes after being hospitalized for six days.

During his long career, Seeger spearheaded the American folk revival, championing folk music as both a collective heritage and an anthem of social change.

US folk singer Pete Seeger sings "Ole Dan Tucker"

Seeger first rose to fame as a member of The Weavers, a quartet formed in 1948, and had hits such as “Goodnight Irene.”

From the beginning, Seeger was politically involved. Following a conviction for contempt of Congress after defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, he was kept off commercial television for more than a decade.

“Seeger sang for the labour movement in the 1940s and 1950s, for civil rights marches and anti-Vietnam War rallies in the 1960s, and for environmental and antiwar causes in the 1970s and beyond,” said the New York Times in their obituary of the famed singer/activist.

His song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” became an anti-war anthem of the 1960s and his adaptation of the spiritual “We Shall Overcome” became the song of the civil rights movement.

Seeger “saw himself as a part of a continuing folk tradition,” said the New York Times. He actively mentored younger musicians (including Bob Dylan) and, following in his parents’ footsteps, he became an avid collector of American folk music.

Seeger continued performing and recording for six decades and was onstage in January 2009 for a gala Washington concert two days before Barack Obama was inaugurated.

He remained an activist as recently as October 2011, when he marched in New York City as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)
 

Date created : 2014-01-28

  • MUSIC - DR CONGO

    Africa mourns ‘King of Congolese rumba’

    Read more

  • OBITUARY

    Lou Reed’s epic contribution to cinema

    Read more

  • FRANCE - MUSIC

    Edith Piaf continues to inspire, 50 years after her death

    Read more

COMMENT(S)