"Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live." - 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
Take a minute to remember the artists we lost in 2012 and the music they left behind.
Sorry to see all of these legends go.
Just one day shy of 92, David Brubeck has died. We are working on a proper obit for the jazz pianist, but the meantime, download a one-hour documentary on the man who made “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk” such enduring standards.
Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Deer Tick’s salute to Adam “MCA” Yauch at Casbah, San Diego.