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Remembering the legacy of Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger was an American folk singer and activist throughout the 1940’s through the 1960’s. Seeger lead an American folk revival and spoke out about folk music as both an important heritage and catalyst for social change. As Seeger and his family were on the brink of leaving the United States without an anticipated return, Seeger performed in a concert at Carnegie Hall where he displayed his love for humankind and advocacy of peace and justice.

To honor the anniversary of Seeger’s passing in 2014, Central Oregon Community College will be hosting a concert performing the same set-list presented at Seeger’s infamous Carnegie Hall performance.

James Stedman, COCC writing professor, will be performing in the concert. When Stedman was 16 years old, he heard Seeger’s songs for this first time. What Stedman found through Seeger’s music was what he called “another picture of the US.” A picture that didn’t involve violence.

“That was what I needed,” Stedman said.

Stedman believes Seeger’s music is still bringing people together, even evidenced from the connection within the concert performers.

COCC humanities professor, Tony Russell, will also be performing at the concert. Russell grew up listening to mostly Cajun music and was introduced to Seeger’s music through Stedman.

“When I started playing [Seeger’s music] I began to enjoy the simplicity and fearless message in the lyrics,” Russell said. “It sticks with you.”


Remembering the legacy of Pete Seeger

Feb. 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Wille Hall, COCC Campus Center, Bend


Marie Nye

The Broadside




  1. Ms. Nye: Your article had several important errors that you might care to correct. Pete Seeger’s singing career did not end in “the 60s.” He, in fact, received several Grammies in the last few years of his life. His concerts and festival appearances continued until just before his death last year.
    His Carnegie Hall concert was not “infamous.” It was “famous!”
    I suggest you Google his name and get a precis of his career. Look him up on Youtube. Listen to his music. You will be captivated.
    Thank you for your attention.


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