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Pete Seeger

Data di nascita: 3. Maggio 1919
Data di morte: 27. Gennaio 2014
Altri nomi: Пит Сийгър, პიტ სიგერი

Peter Seeger, più noto come Pete Seeger , è stato un cantautore e compositore statunitense di musica folk.

È assieme a Woody Guthrie e Bob Dylan, fra i più conosciuti folk-singer statunitensi.Attivista politico della sinistra americana e uno dei massimi autori della folk music e della canzone di protesta degli anni cinquanta e sessanta, è autore di famosi talking blues.In Italia era molto nota la sua canzone If I Had a Hammer, lanciata da Rita Pavone con il testo in italiano scritto da Sergio Bardotti e il titolo Datemi un martello.

Pete Seeger ha acquistato maggiore notorietà presso il grande pubblico nel 2006 grazie al quattordicesimo album in studio di Bruce Springsteen: "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"

In questo disco tributo sono presenti brani tradizionali che Seeger ha contribuito a rendere popolari.

Frasi Pete Seeger

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

—  Pete Seeger

"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.
Misattributed
Contesto: 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.

„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

"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.
Misattributed
Contesto: 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.

„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

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.
Contesto: 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.

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

—  Pete Seeger

Statement to the court prior to his sentencing for contempt of Congress (1961); also quoted on NPR: Weekend Edition (2 July 2005)
Contesto: 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.

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

—  Pete Seeger

Contesto: 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.

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

—  Pete Seeger

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (1955)
Contesto: 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?

„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

"My Rainbow Race" (1967)
Contesto: 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.

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„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) http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/04/1416217&mode=thread&tid=25

„All songwriters are links in a chain.“

—  Pete Seeger

Interview with Paul Zollo in 1988 https://americansongwriter.com/2014/01/american-icons-pete-seeger/

„If it can't be … reused, repaired … then it should be … redesigned or removed from production.“

—  Pete Seeger

Berkeley salutes folk singer Seeger http://www.contracostatimes.com/west-county-times/ci_25071210/berkeley-salutes-folk-singer-seeger (6 February 2014)

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