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Pete Seeger, dies at age 94, always tuned into social activism

Top news coming in to a warm San Francisco today is about Pete Seeger.

Folk singer Pete Seeger dies at 94
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Pete Seeger, known for more than 100 albums, has died.

He was 94 years old. calls Seeger "a towering presence in American folk music and activism for many decades."

Seeger became famous with the group, the Weavers, in the 1940s and he will be remembered for songs like This Land Is Your Land and We Shall Overcome.

Other big hits of his were folk classics like If I Had a Hammer and Turn, Turn, Turn, says the BBC

"His music will never be forgotten," says San Francisco resident, Katie Adler.

Seeger was responsible for the folk revival that took place in the '50s and '60s and he inspired other singers like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.

But Seeger was known as much for his activism as he was for his music.

He was an advocate for such things as racial equality, civil rights, and anti-militarism.

To Seeger, folk music and community were the same. They were "inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action," reports an obituary in the New York Times

Although blacklisted during the McCarthy era in the 1950s, Seeger's social activism was part of his life until the end.

Bruce Springsteen introduced him, during his 90th birthday concert (this was a benefit to clean up the Hudson River in New York) by saying,

"He's gonna look a lot like your granddad that wears flannel shirts and funny hats. He's gonna look like your granddad if your granddad can kick your ass. At 90, he remains a stealth dagger through the heart of our country's illusions about itself," USA Today

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