- Exhibition Label
- Born New York City
- Pete Seeger was America’s ringing voice of protest in a career that spanned labor rallies in the 1930s and 1940s, anti-McCarthyism in the 1950s, the civil rights and anti-Vietnam movements of the 1960s, and the Occupy Wall Street campaign of 2011.
- Seeger’s songs of purpose included the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” which he adapted from old spirituals, and the antiwar song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.” In 1950 he organized the Weavers, whose hit “Goodnight, Irene” reached number one on the charts. Blacklisted for his leftist politics in the 1950s, Seeger resurfaced in the 1960s and sparked a folk revival with such classics as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
- Seeger recorded more than 100 albums, and Smithsonian Folkways has released a five- CD collection honoring the artist who captured “the social upheavals and transformations” of our time.
- Data Source
- National Portrait Gallery
- Sid Grossman, 25 Jun 1913 - 31 Dec 1955
- Pete Seeger, 3 May 1919 - 27 Jan 2014
- Credit Line
- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
- Gelatin silver print
- Image/Sheet: 33.5 x 26.9 cm (13 3/16 x 10 9/16")
- Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")