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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Pete Seeger
Everyone (well, nearly everyone) has been wondering whatever happened to Al Gore, and whether he's still in the global-warming business. We can reliably report that yes, he is. A reporter ran into him the other night in Kansas City, where everything, even Al, is up to date and Al is peddling a new and improved line of snake oil.
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Hundreds of friends and fans joined in song Sunday to honor Pete Seeger, doing what the folk singer loved best.
The Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer, Jan. 31, 2014
The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa says it is moving forward with plans to honor American folk singer Pete Seeger next month.
EDITOR'S NOTE - On Aug. 18, 1955, The Associated Press reported that Pete Seeger and others testified before a House Un-American Activities Committee hearing in New York investigating alleged communist activities in the entertainment industry. Seeger, then 36, refused to answer any questions about his "associations, philosophy or religion." That refusal led to his conviction for contempt of Congress in 1961; the conviction was later overturned. Reporting on the 1955 hearing, the AP described Seeger as a "lanky man wearing a brown suit, plaid shirt and yellow tie" who called himself a "banjo picker." He told the committee: "I have sung to many audiences. I have sung in hobo jungles and I've sung for the Rockefellers. I've never refused to sing for anybody. That's the only answer I can give. I'm proud I've sung for Americans of every political persuasion." Fifty-nine years after its original publication, the AP is making this report of the HUAC hearing, which includes Seeger's comments, available.
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is installing a photograph of Pete Seeger to honor the musician and activist who died this week.
President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Pete Seeger for reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go.
A New York politician is suggesting that a new bridge being built over the Hudson River be named for the activist folk singer Pete Seeger.
Five essential songs by Pete Seeger, who died Monday at age 94:
The death of folk singer and activist Pete Seeger is being felt along the river he loved and fought to preserve and restore.
Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011.
Family: American troubadour, folk singer and activist Pete Seeger has died at age 94.
Pete Seeger was a complicated man with a simple message: Make the world better, and be kind while doing it. To accomplish these goals, he harnessed hundreds of years of musical tradition into a single banjo and a single, unyielding human voice.
When Carol Burnett recorded the audio version of her memoir "Carrie and Me," about her late daughter Carrie Hamilton, the actress-comedian sensed she had support.
He reminded everyone that the late Pete Seeger wrote some folk tunes with heavy-weather messages, and so did Bob Dylan, and he even offered a few words of Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" in a passable baritone.
He told the committee: "I have sung to many audiences. I have sung in hobo jungles and I've sung for the Rockefellers. I've never refused to sing for anybody. That's the only answer I can give. I'm proud I've sung for Americans of every political persuasion."