A flower has gone
“His songs are a catalogue of social activism of the 20th century,” said Freemuse Director Ole Reitov receiving the news of the death of Pete Seeger, who in 2009 received the Freemuse Award.
“Pete Seeger’s voice has been one which has constantly been on the side of the oppressed and which has refused to remain silent in even the darkest hours. He remains an inspiration to those musicians who seek to use their work for the greater benefit of mankind,” wrote the nominating committee back then.
Seeger, who did not believe in awards, accepted the Freemuse Award by qouting an old arab proverb: ‘When the king puts a poet on his payroll, he cuts off the tongue of the poet!’
A civil rights movement activist, Pee Seeger experienced the darker sides of a repressive political system in the United States. Known for his leftist, democratic views, he was blacklisted from media for several years during the 1950s.
Pete Seeger inspired Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Byrds and many others. His songs ‘Turn, turn, turn’ and ‘Where have all the flowers gone’ belong to music history and he made ‘We Shall Overcome’ an anthem of resistance.
“A flower has gone, but his songs, his dedication and inspiration stays with us,” said Ole Reitov.
His grandson Tao Rodriquez-Seeger received the Freemuse Award on behalf of Pete Seeger at a concert in Stockholm, Sweden, on Music Freedom Day 3 March 2009.