Castro outlives Seeger
Posted by DNW on 2014/01/28
Notorious American Stalinist asswipe and banjo player Pete Seeger, has reportedly predeceased Stalinist Dictator Fidel Castro; for those of you who may have been taking bets, or may care in any way.
Among those relative few who might care, are people who liked or were emotionally linked to, the so-called folk music movement of the 1930s to 1960’s.
Seeger’s father Charles, was a musicologist who developed an interest in using folk music as a vehicle for social protest movements. He, Charles, held a position as, ” … Deputy Director of the Federal Music Project, part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) …” [Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music, note 21 page 43 – from Internet]
Hey thanks FDR. Harry Hopkins, Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss … a real string of government funded New Deal hits there if you know what I mean.
Anyway, this led to the father introducing the son to some opportunities.
“According to an interview with Seeger posted on http://www.marist.edu, where Seeger served as a Summer Scholar in 1996, the Great Depression hit his family hard …
He received a scholarship to Harvard and, according to the Harvard University Gazette, entered in 1936 and studied sociology. He helped run, drew cartoons and wrote stories for the Harvard Progressive, a monthly publication. He left the school in 1938 without graduating. …
… in 1935, Charles Seeger [Pete Seeger’s father] took a job in Washington, D.C., in the music division of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. While there, Charles Seeger met Alan Lomax, who with his father, John Lomax, helped develop the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folk Song.
Charles Seeger put his son in touch with Alan Lomax and the rest is, literally, history.”
As “Homer Simpson Goes to Washington” puts it,
What followed The Guardian states, was that:
“Seeger made his first recordings in New York in 1940 with the Almanac Singers musical collective. The album Talking Union (1941-42) was adopted by American labour activists for generations, and the group, which was soon joined by the folk singer Woodie Guthrie, also recorded anti-war ballads, which proved embarrassing when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the American left became ferociously patriotic.”
Pete Seeger died at ninety four years old, while still a lousy communist. A fraud, singing of freedom while an ideological enemy of it. Some people, just never learn. Maybe they can’t.
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