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Tom Morello Salutes Late Folk Singer Pete Seeger

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Folk legend Pete Seeger has passed away at the age of 94. The musician, long considered to be one of the pioneers of folk music, died Monday (Jan. 27) from natural causes at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital.

Seeger penned such classic tunes as ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone,’ ‘Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)’ and ‘If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song),’ and went on to inspire many of today’s more politically active musicians, including Rage Against the Machine and The Nightwatchman’s Tom Morello, who commented on Seeger’s passing in a couple of tweets.

Morello was also a guest at Seeger’s 90th birthday a few years back and stated, “Pete Seeger is a tremendous inspiration, not just for activist musicians but I believe for all Americans. He’s a shining example of someone who combines uncompromising activism with heart and soul and a generous spirit.” Video of his comments at the Seeger event can be seen below.

Seeger stated in a 2009 interview with CNN, “I come from a family of teachers and I was looking for a job on a newspaper and not getting one. I had an aunt who said, ‘Peter, I can get five dollars for you if you come and sing some of your songs in my class.’ Five dollars? In 1939, you would have to work all day or two days to make five dollars. It seemed like stealing.” It was that chance invite that really began his career in music.

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