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Pete Seeger

Datum narození: 3. květen 1919
Datum úmrtí: 27. leden 2014

Peter Seeger , také známý jako Pete Seeger, byl americký folkový zpěvák a politický aktivista, významný autor folkových písní a protestsongů 50. a 60. let 20. století, sběratel lidových písní.


„Lidem říkám, že jestli tu lidstvo za sto let ještě bude, tak jedna z nejdůležitějších věcí, která nás zachrání, bude umění.“

„Rýmovaný sloupek není píseň. Dobrá skladba tě rozesměje, rozpláče, donutí tě přemýšlet.“


„Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.“

„Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.“

„If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.“

„Participation - that's what's gonna save the human race.“

„Well, normally I’m against big things. I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things. Too many things can go wrong when they get big.” — Pete Seeger (on how he felt about attending his big 90th birthday bash last year)“

„The American Indians were Communists. They were. Every anthropologist will tell you they were Communists. No rich, no poor. If somebody needed something the community chipped in.“


„Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.“

„I’ve never sung anywhere without giving the people listening to me a chance to join in - as a kid, as a lefty, as a man touring the U. S. A. and the world, as an oldster. I guess it’s kind of a religion with me. Participation. That’s what’s going to save the human race.“

„This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.“

„It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.“


„A good song reminds us what we're fighting for.“

„Education is what you get when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.“

„The world will be solved by millions of small things.“

„Singing with children in the schools has been the most rewarding experience of my life.“

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