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Pete Seeger

(singer/songwriter, born May 3, 1919, New York, New York; died January 27, 2014, New York, New York) Pete Seeger is arguably the most influential folk artist in the United States. He was instrumental in popularizing the indigenous songs of this country, and his own songs, among them "If I Had a Hammer," "We Shall Overcome," "Turn, Turn, Turn," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," have served as anthems for an entire generation of Americans. Born into a family of Juilliard music professors, Seeger spent his early years in private schools and studied sociology at Harvard College. His first exposure to folk music came at age 16--at a folk festival he attended with his father in Asheville, North Carolina. But it was in 1938, when he dropped out of Harvard after two years to ride the rails and hitchhike all over the United States, that he immersed himself in that music.

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Pete Seeger is honored by friends on the Millennium Stage November 30, 2001

In celebration of the 24th Kennedy Center Honors, the Millennium Stage pays tribute to 1994 Honoree Pete Seeger. Instrumental in popularizing the indigenous American song, his own compositions - among them "If I Had a Hammer," "We Shall Overcome," "Turn,