Welcome to the Pete Seeger Appreciation Page

In addition to being America’s best-loved folksinger and an untiring environmentalist, Pete Seeger is a national treasure. He has been at the forefront of the labor movement, the struggle for Civil Rights, the peace and anti-war movements, and the fight for a clean world. He has been a beacon for hope for millions of people all over the world. Once blacklisted from national television for being unafraid to voice his opinions, he was given the nation’s highest artistic honors at the Kennedy Center in December 1994. In January 1996 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although he left Harvard during his second year, in the spring of 1996 he was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal, presented annually to a Harvard graduate who has made an important contribution to the arts. He won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album of 1996 in February 1997 for his Living Music recording “Pete.”  At the end of April 1999, he traveled to Cuba to accept the Felix Varela Medal, that nation’s highest honor for “his humanistic and artistic work in defense of the environment and against racism.”  In April 2000, he was named one of America’s Living Legends by the Library of Congress. The recognition of Pete Seeger’s invaluable contributions to American culture and history continue in the twenty-first century.  He won a Grammy Award in 2008 for his Appleseed Recording, “Pete Seeger: At 89,” and again in 2011 for his “Tomorrow’s Children” album.  Pete Seeger was chosen to sing at the January 2008 inauguration of President Barack Obama, where he sang all of the verses to Woody Guthrie’s iconic “This Land is Your Land.”  He celebrated his 90th birthday on May 3, 2009 with family and friends at a sold-out concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

This Web site has been put together by Jim Capaldi, a long-time admirer, as a tribute to Pete and his many accomplishments, and as a resource for the type of folk music that Pete Seeger has played for over seventy-five years.  It is by no means an “official” web site.  Pete Seeger does not read messages sent here, but he is aware of this website.

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“Some may find them merely diverting melodies. Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong? Not I.”

— Pete Seeger in Rolling Stone, April 13, 1972

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AMY GOODMAN: And for someone who isn’t so hopeful, who is listening to this right now, trying to find their way, what would you say?

PETE SEEGER: Realize that little things lead to bigger things. That’s what Seeds is all about. And this wonderful parable in the New Testament: the sower scatters seeds. Some seeds fall in the pathway and get stamped on, and they don’t grow. Some fall on the rocks, and they don’t grow. But some seeds fall on fallow ground, and they grow and multiply a thousand fold. Who knows where some good little thing that you’ve done may bring results years later that you never dreamed of?

Interview, Democracy Now, May 4, 2009

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This Pete Seeger Appreciation Page would be incomplete if it failed to pay tribute to Toshi Seeger, Pete’s wife and partner for almost seventy years; they were married on July 20, 1943. Once Pete wrote: “Thanks to my wife Toshi, without whom the world would not turn nor the sun shine.” She remained by his side through it all, and they both  survived with their honesty, their integrity, and their love intact. Sadly, Toshi Seeger passed away on July 9, 2013, just eleven days before what would have been their seventieth wedding anniversary. This photo of Toshi Seeger was taken at the annual Strawberry Festival by Econosmith

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“It is better to have struggled and lost, than never to have struggled at all.”
- Pete Seeger in the film “Seeing Red”