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Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs. Like me, he was inspired by Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring to become a strong defender of the environment as well as human rights.
I've had a weirdly emotional reaction to Pete Seeger's death. Like, way more intense than I would have imagined. I abandoned him when I grew what I thought was a more sophisticated taste in music; his stuff started to seem too plain, too openly earnest, too babyish. Today, though, I've been listening to his songs non-stop, and nearly every single one of them has made my eyes well up.
That day was the perfect amalgamation of folk, punk and people's spirit: think Pete singing We Shall Overcome. I started out playing folk music and switched to punk when I was 20. But I've always believed that the two movements had a similar philosophy: justice for all.
News of folk legend Pete Seeger's passing earlier today sparked a wave of sadness around the world, and musicians, much like