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Pete Seeger, folk singer and activist, dead at 94

Jan 28, 2014 1:00 am
Mike Goodwin is reporting in the Times Union Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage died Mon., Jan. 27, at the age of 94. Seeger’s grandson said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him. Seeger's musical career was always intertwined with his political activism, in which he advocated for causes ranging from civil rights to the cleanup of his beloved Hudson River. In 2011, a month before his 92nd birthday, Seeger spoke with WGXC volunteer Tanya Blue about community radio and offered some thoughts about the future PLAY (1:12). That full interview, along with a recording of Seeger leading a rally outside the 2013 State of the State address, can be found in the WGXC archives, located at wgxc.org.