In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Pete Seeger’s career spanned more than seven decades as he lent his voice, his banjo, and his songs to many social causes, including the labor, civil-rights, antiwar, and environmental movements. On his ninetieth birthday he was honored with a concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, and John Mellencamp. Folk singer Pete Seeger died this past January at the age of ninety-four.
Mr. Seeger: I feel that in my whole life I have never done anything of any conspiratorial nature, and I resent very much and very deeply the implication of being called before this committee: that in some way, because my opinions may be different from yours, or yours, Mr. Willis, or yours, Mr. Scherer, that I am any less of an American than anybody else. I love my country very deeply, sir.
I guess in modern life you have to plan. But there’s such a thing as planning too much. There’s such a thing as planning too early. Here’s what jazz musicians can teach the politicians of the world: we must plan for improvisation.