Happy 90th Birthday, Pete Seeger!

Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen lead the crowd in This Land is Your Land at the inaugural concert held at the Lincoln Memorial pm January 18, 2009..

Listen to Folk Alley’s 5-hour side stream of memorable Seeger classics covered by artists like Tom Paxton, Bruce Cockburn, Janis Ian, Natalie Merchant, Greg Brown, and, of course, the iconic troubadour himself. According to NPR Music:

Pete Seeger turns 90 today — and he’s still performing. In fact he’s playing and singing tonight at a birthday bash in Madison Square Garden, alongside Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and many others.

Proceeds from the show will go to Clearwater, an organization — and a boat — launched by Seeger 40 years ago to raise awareness about pollution in the Hudson River.

Pete Seeger firmly believes that song can bring us together and make our lives better. He sang for and with workers in the 1940s. His beliefs in their rights — and his refusal to testify about those beliefs before Congress — got him blacklisted.

But Seeger kept singing. He sang for civil rights in the ’50s and ’60s. He sang out against the Vietnam War — and all of the others since. He continues to encourage all of us to sing: You can’t leave one of his concerts without singing along.

But as we celebrate his 90th birthday, we shouldn’t forget that Pete Seeger is also one hell of a banjo player.

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