From Joan Baez, about her good pal, Pete Seeger:
When I was 15 years old, my aunt took me to a Pete Seeger concert. If her intention was to expose me to a more illuminating environment than that of a high school campus in a small town in Southern California, she succeeded.
The concert took, like a good vaccine.
From that moment forward, Pete helped shape my life both musically and politically.
I believe that courage is the most vital of human qualities, and that taking risks is essential to making serious social change. Pete courageously took the risks and paid the price. He remained a moral compass for this society through fiercely challenging times, with his music, his songs, and with enthusiastic perseverance.
He transformed his sword and shield into a banjo, and with it and his music, brought us as close to freedom as we may ever come.
“We’ll walk hand in hand,
Black and white together,
We shall live in peace,
We are not afraid,
We shall overcome, someday,
We shall overcome, someday.”
Now Pete can do what he never did much of in his lifetime. Put aside the banjo and rest with Toshi, down by the riverside.