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Posted By: Bill Hahn//\\
13-Sep-04 - 05:13 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's last concert
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's last concert
An interesting anecdote that will show that some people never "are over the hill". Recently someone I know had Pete Seeger over to his house to ask him--as a favor-- to record on his home equipment Waist Deep in The Big Muddy (another still relevant piece) because this person had heard him in a local concert and was amazed that he still could hit the higher registers. Lo and behold, I am told that this recording came out quite well.

But, as Ron said, is right on the mark. With Seeger it was not really about the music---it was about an event or a cause. Yes, The Weavers it was both---Music and message---but no soothing massage of bland material.

As to songs staying relevant. Unfortunately many do---and not only Pete Seeger's---think older songs by Phil Ochs for example and also Tom Paxton.

This concert will be having a lot to do with a film that will be released shortly which was filmed as a tribute to Harold Leventhal at a concert in NYC which featured Pete Seeger among many others.

From my point of view---every last person who considers himself a "folk" or a "political" singer owes his career to Seeger and his ongoing causes that kept him and his music in the public eye. One of the most deserved Kennedy Ctr honors of recent memory went to him--rightfully so.

Bill Hahn