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Pete Seeger

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


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.

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Citações Pete Seeger

„I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.“

— Pete Seeger
" The Old Left,%20Pete", New York Times Magazine, 22 January 1995, sect. 6 p. 13 <!-- later quoted in "When Will They Ever Learn? : An Interview with Pete Seeger" by John W. Whitehead (4 January 2006) -->


„All songwriters are links in a chain.“

— Pete Seeger
Interview with Paul Zollo in 1988

„The key to the future of the world, is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.“

— Pete Seeger
"Pete Seeger, Songwriter and Champion of Folk Music, Dies at 94" New York Times (28 January 2014)

„Technology will save us if it doesn't wipe us out first.“

— Pete Seeger
"We Shall Overcome: An Hour With Legendary Folk Singer & Activist Pete Seeger" on Democracy Now (4 September 2006)

„We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand some day...
The whole wide world around some day.“

— Pete Seeger
Lyrics added to "We Shall Overcome" by Seeger in the late 1940s, whose musical arrangement and renditions helped popularize the song among civil-rights activists in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also changed the primary lines from from "We Will Overcome" to "We Shall Overcome".

„There's no hope, but I may be wrong.“

— Pete Seeger
NPR: Weekend Edition (2 July 2005)


„... And this is the origin of pop music: it's a professional music which draws upon both folk music and fine arts music as well.“

— Pete Seeger
Pop Chronicles, Show 1 - Play A Simple Melody: Pete Seeger on the origins of pop music, interview recorded 2.14.1968

„I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it. But if by some freak of history communism had caught up with this country, I would have been one of the first people thrown in jail.“

— Pete Seeger
" The Old Left,%20Pete", New York Times Magazine, 22 January 1995, sect. 6 p. 13

„In the largest sense, every work of art is protest. … A lullaby is a propaganda song and any three-year-old knows it. … A hymn is a controversial song — sing one in the wrong church: you'll find out. …“

— Pete Seeger
Pop Chronicles, Show 33 - Revolt of the Fat Angel: American musicians respond to the British invaders. Part 1, interview recorded 2.14.1968

„To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose under heaven.“

— Pete Seeger
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" (1954); a song which adapts a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes to music, with a few additional lyrics.

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