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American Folk Singer, Songwriter; Labor, Civil Rights, Environmentalist, and Peace Activist. Born May 3, in Patterson, NY to a musicologist father and concert violinist mother, Pete�s own musical passions were ignited as a teenager when he attended the Folk Song and Dance Festival in Asheville, North Carolina. He describes that experience as life-changing, as he found in those honest, hard-driving songs and rhythms �both joyful and plaintive- the seeds that would influence his music from that time forward. He attended Harvard for two years but left in early to pursue other interests. He worked for a time at the Archives of American Folk Music, all the while developing his own guitar and banjo playing. In , Seeger met Woody Guthrie at a benefit concert for migrant workers. The two formed the basis for the Almanac Singers who recorded numerous pro-labor and pacifist songs such as The Talking Union Blues used by the CIO as an organizing song. Along with Lee Hays, Seeger was a founding member of the Weavers in . Seeger�s leftist political activism eventually led to his being subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee where he invoked his First Amendment rights to free speech and free association. He was influential in the folk music revival of the �s and �s that took root in Greenwich Village. He was one of the founders of Broadside Magazine and Sing Out!, the latter of which is still a mainstay of folk music enthusiasts. Seeger is known for his support of a variety of progressive causes such as the labor movement, civil rights, clean air and water, anti-war, and many more�and the majority of his songs were written to bring attention to these concerns. Pete and his wife Toshi have been married for over years. They have three grown children. The Seegers reside in upstate New York. Pete Seeger has received numerous awards, among them-- the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Honor, the Harvard Arts Medal, and a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Content provided by: The Choir Loft
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