Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 10:10 am
Before he died this year at the age of 94, Pete Seeger influenced scores of musicians and millions of people — including me.
Growing up, my father would regularly drag me to folk festivals up and down New York's Hudson River Valley and across the Northeast, especially Pete Seeger's annual gathering called Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival.
What were all these fiddles and banjos and acoustic guitars, I thought? I wanted snarling electric guitars. Feedback. To rock. And here, old people would break into three-part harmony in line for the bathroom.