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Pete Seeger

Geburtstag: 3. Mai 1919
Todesdatum: 27. Januar 2014
Andere Namen: პიტ სიგერი, Пит Сийгър

Peter „Pete“ Seeger war ein US-amerikanischer Folk-Musiker, Singer-Songwriter sowie politischer Aktivist und Umweltschützer, der mit seinen Liedern die Friedensbewegung, die gewerkschaftlich organisierte Arbeiterbewegung, die Bürgerrechtsbewegung und weitere soziale Bewegungen zunächst in den USA selbst, mit zunehmender Bekanntheit auch international inspirierte.

Obwohl als Anhänger und Vertreter sozialistischer Positionen vor allem im eigenen Land während des Kalten Krieges politisch umstritten, zählt Seeger zu den kulturellen Größen der Vereinigten Staaten. Weltbekannt wurde er insbesondere durch seine heute als Traditionals geltenden Songs Where Have All the Flowers Gone, We Shall Overcome, If I Had a Hammer und Turn! Turn! Turn!

Wie sein 1967 verstorbener Freund und musikalischer Gefährte Woody Guthrie, dessen Lieder – vor allem This Land Is Your Land – Seeger in wechselnden Formationen bis kurz vor seinem eigenen Tod spielte, beeinflusste er zahlreiche Künstler der nachfolgenden Generationen von Folk- und Rockmusikern, Liedermachern und Protestsängern, die seine Songs aufgriffen, coverten oder neu interpretierten, darunter Bob Dylan, Joan Baez und Bruce Springsteen. Wikipedia

Zitate Pete Seeger

„If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land.“

—  Pete Seeger

"If I Had A Hammer" (1949) Though Seeger composed the music of this song the lyrics were actually written by fellow member of The Weavers, Lee Hays.
Misattributed
Kontext: If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land.
I'd hammer out danger,
I'd hammer out a warning,
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land...
Well I got a hammer,
And I got a bell,
And I got a song to sing, all over this land.
It's the hammer of Justice,
It's the bell of Freedom,
It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

„Well I got a hammer,
And I got a bell,
And I got a song to sing, all over this land.
It's the hammer of Justice,
It's the bell of Freedom,
It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.“

—  Pete Seeger

"If I Had A Hammer" (1949) Though Seeger composed the music of this song the lyrics were actually written by fellow member of The Weavers, Lee Hays.
Misattributed
Kontext: If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land.
I'd hammer out danger,
I'd hammer out a warning,
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land...
Well I got a hammer,
And I got a bell,
And I got a song to sing, all over this land.
It's the hammer of Justice,
It's the bell of Freedom,
It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

„I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me.“

—  Pete Seeger

Statement to the court (1961) prior to his sentencing on contempt of Congress charges for his refusal to reveal names of communist or socialist acquaintances before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955.
Kontext: I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me. I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color, and creed. The House committee wished to pillory me because it didn’t like some few of the many thousands of places I have sung for.

„A good song can only do good, and I am proud of the songs I have sung.“

—  Pete Seeger

Statement to the court prior to his sentencing for contempt of Congress (1961); also quoted on NPR: Weekend Edition (2 July 2005)
Kontext: A good song can only do good, and I am proud of the songs I have sung. I hope to be able to continue singing these songs for all who want to listen, Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

„Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?“

—  Pete Seeger

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (1955)
Kontext: Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Young girls have picked them everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?

„And because I love you
I'll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It's too soon to die.“

—  Pete Seeger

"My Rainbow Race" (1967)
Kontext: One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I'll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It's too soon to die.

„In the largest sense, every work of art is protest. … A lullaby is a propaganda song and any three-year-old knows it. … A hymn is a controversial song — sing one in the wrong church: you'll find out. …“

—  Pete Seeger

Pop Chronicles, Show 33 - Revolt of the Fat Angel: American musicians respond to the British invaders. Part 1 http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19792/m1/, interview recorded 2.14.1968 http://web.archive.org/web/20110615153027/http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/john-gilliland/o-s.

„All songwriters are links in a chain.“

—  Pete Seeger

Interview with Paul Zollo in 1988 https://americansongwriter.com/2014/01/american-icons-pete-seeger/

„To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose under heaven.“

—  Pete Seeger

"Turn! Turn! Turn!" (1954); a song which adapts a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes to music, with a few additional lyrics.

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