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Pete Seeger, the 92-year-old grand statesman of folk music, will receive a 'Distinguished Service' award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Academy executive director Virginia Dajani said that Seeger, born in New York in 1919, may even perform at the ceremony, on 16th May, where playwright Tony Kushner will present Seeger a certificate and a check for $1,000.

In an acceptance letter sent to the academy, Seeger wrote that his father, Charles Louis Seeger, Jr., would have been "especially pleased." His father was a musicologist and, with Aaron Copland, formed the Composers Collective.

"I am glad we are all realising that the arts, in a broad sense, may save the world, save the human race," Pete Seeger wrote to the academy.

Among the very many musicians inspired by Seeger was Bob Dylan. Seeger came to prominence in the 1950s as a member of The Weavers. He was a prominent protest singer in support of international disarmament, civil rights, and environmental causes. Among his best known recordings are Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song), and Turn, Turn, Turn.
I grew up listening to Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie - what an incredible man, and at 92 still sharp as a tack
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Joined the communist party in 1942 and left by 1950. Card carrying socialist, animal rights nut, and environmental wacko. No wonder the left wets their draws over him.......
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