Peter Seeger, better known as Pete Seeger, is a folk singer, political activist, and a key figure in the mid-20th century American folk music revival. As a member of the Weavers, he had a string of hits, including a 1949 recording of Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" that topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950.
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Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
I fought for peace in the fifties.
Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
In a world of private property, if something isn't owned by somebody, it's going to be misused by somebody else.
Edison failed ten thousand times before he perfected the modern electric lamp.
The average man would have quit at the first failure. That's why there are so many average men and only one Edison.
I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it.
Down through the centuries, this trick has been tried by various establishments throughout the world. They force people to get involved in the kind of examination that has only one aim and that is to stamp out dissent.
I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.
I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.
I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an American.
My father, Charles Seeger, got me into the Communist movement.
He backed out around '38. I drifted out in the 50's.
I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches. I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an American.
At the audition, your assignment is to find something new in the song.
Something you've never noticed before. A breath carried over, a thought that ties the whole thing together. Then take the risk and do it.
Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.
I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.
I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.
Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.
Again, I say I will be glad to tell what songs I have ever sung, because singing is my business.
I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches.
I feel that my whole life is a contribution.
To live you have to experiment, to have the ability to experiment you have to have confidence, to have confidence you have to be loved, to be loved you have to love.
But if by some freak of history communism had caught up with this country, I would have been one of the first people thrown in jail.
You can't work on everything all the time, so start where you are.
Be wary of great leaders.
I'm not sure if my involvement in causes, benefits, marches, and demonstrations has made a huge difference, but I know one thing: that involvement has connected me with the good people: people with the live hearts, the live eyes, the live heads.
Any idiot can be complicated. It takes a genius to be simple.