Peggy Seeger: “Pete Seeger just wanted everyone to be involved”

Pete Seeger’s half-sister, Peggy Seeger, pays tribute to the late folk singer, songwriter and activist in the new issue of Uncut, dated April 2014 and out on Friday (February 28).

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Pete Seeger’s half-sister, Peggy Seeger, pays tribute to the late folk singer, songwriter and activist in the new issue of Uncut, dated April 2014 and out on Friday (February 28).

Pete Seeger died on January 27, 2014, aged 94, and in the new Uncut, Peggy discusses the impact he had, as well as the unexpected popularity of the public memorial they organised in Beacon, New York.

“I reckon we had between 2,000 to 4,000 people,” she says. “They turned up from all over – Minneapolis, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts. People of all ages, colours and ethnicities arrived to pay their respects, crying and hugging. It was an extraordinary experience.

“You only had to be at one of Pete’s concerts to realise where this plurality came from, because he’d get an entire festival of people singing. He just wanted everyone to be involved.”

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