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Pete Seeger

Data de nascimento: 3. Maio 1919
Data de falecimento: 27. Janeiro 2014
Outros nomes: Пит Сийгър, პიტ სიგერი

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Peter "Pete" Seeger foi um músico estadunidense. A sua carreira teve início na década de 1940, atingindo o auge como membro da banda The Weavers, que atingiu o primeiro lugar da lista dos compactos mais vendidos da Billboard por 13 semanas, em 1950, com a canção "Goodnight, Irene", originalmente gravada por Leadbelly. Na década de 1960, reemergiu na cena pública como pioneiro da música de protesto contra a guerra e a favor dos direitos civis.

Como compositor, é mais conhecido como autor das canções "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer" e "Turn! Turn! Turn!", que foram gravadas por vários artistas de todo o mundo. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" foi popularizada por Marlene Dietrich Johnny Rivers e Peter, Paul and Mary; If I Had a Hammer", por Trini Lopez e Peter, Paul and Mary; e "Turn! Turn! Turn!", pelos Byrds. Também foi responsável pela popularização da canção espiritual "We Shall Overcome", que ficou conhecida como símbolo do Movimento pelos Direitos Civis da década de 1960.

O cantor morreu em Nova Iorque de causas naturais.

Citações Pete Seeger

„I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me.“

—  Pete Seeger
Context: I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me. I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color, and creed. The House committee wished to pillory me because it didn’t like some few of the many thousands of places I have sung for. Statement to the court (1961) prior to his sentencing on contempt of Congress charges for his refusal to reveal names of communist or socialist acquaintances before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955.

„And because I love you
I'll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It's too soon to die.“

—  Pete Seeger
Context: One blue sky above us One ocean lapping all our shore One earth so green and round Who could ask for more And because I love you I'll give it one more try To show my rainbow race It's too soon to die. "My Rainbow Race" (1967)

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„If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land.“

—  Pete Seeger
Misattributed, Context: If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning I'd hammer in the evening, All over this land. I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out a warning, I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land... Well I got a hammer, And I got a bell, And I got a song to sing, all over this land. It's the hammer of Justice, It's the bell of Freedom, It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land. "If I Had A Hammer" (1949) Though Seeger composed the music of this song the lyrics were actually written by fellow member of The Weavers, Lee Hays.

„Shh. Listen to the sounds that surround you.“

—  Pete Seeger
Context: Shh. Listen to the sounds that surround you. Notice the pitches, the volume, the timbre, the many lines of counterpoint. As light taught Monet to paint, the earth may be teaching you music.

„A good song can only do good, and I am proud of the songs I have sung.“

—  Pete Seeger
Context: A good song can only do good, and I am proud of the songs I have sung. I hope to be able to continue singing these songs for all who want to listen, Republicans, Democrats, and independents. Statement to the court prior to his sentencing for contempt of Congress (1961); also quoted on NPR: Weekend Edition (2 July 2005)

„Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?“

—  Pete Seeger
Context: Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing? Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago? Where have all the flowers gone? Young girls have picked them everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (1955)

„Well I got a hammer,
And I got a bell,
And I got a song to sing, all over this land.
It's the hammer of Justice,
It's the bell of Freedom,
It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.“

—  Pete Seeger
Misattributed, Context: If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning I'd hammer in the evening, All over this land. I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out a warning, I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land... Well I got a hammer, And I got a bell, And I got a song to sing, all over this land. It's the hammer of Justice, It's the bell of Freedom, It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land. "If I Had A Hammer" (1949) Though Seeger composed the music of this song the lyrics were actually written by fellow member of The Weavers, Lee Hays.

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„This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.“

—  Pete Seeger
Inscription on his banjo, inspired by the inscription on Woody Guthrie's guitar : "This machine kills fascists"

„I'd really rather put songs on people's lips than in their ears.“

—  Pete Seeger
1994 interview, quoted in Filene Romancing the Folk: Public Memory & American Roots Music (2000), p. 197

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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