Goodnight, Irene - Pete Seeger
This morning, the world learned of the passing of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger.
In March of 1961 Seeger was facing trial for contempt of Congress after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Pete Seeger wrote to President Kennedy:
"I would not take up your valuable time with my personal problem, except that I feel it is a very fundamental one which concerns all America these days. Do I, or does any citizen, have the right to hold unorthodox opinions, whether they are purely right or horribly wrong, and do I have the right to join with others who think similarly?"
Arlo Guthrie also wrote to JFK asking him to "please do what you can for Pete Seeger."
-from the Kennedy Library
Ramblin’ Jack Ellliott in Washington Square, 1955
Early Bird tickets sold out in 30 seconds this morning, the rest are going fast…get on board.
Olivia by RayLand Baxter
Rayland Baxter - Newport Folk Festival - 2013