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Seeger

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Seeger, Alan, 1888-1916, American poet, b. New York City, grad. Harvard, 1910. During World War I he served in the French Foreign Legion and was killed in battle in 1916. He is famous for his war poem, "I Have a Rendezvous with Death."

See his Collected Poems (1916) and his letters and diary (1917).

Seeger, Mike: see under Seeger, Pete.
Seeger, Pete, 1919-, American folksinger and composer, b. New York City. Seeger, the son of a musicologist and a musician, stepson of a composer, and nephew of Alan Seeger, left Harvard in 1938 and made a journey through the United States, collecting songs and meeting Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. In 1940, Seeger organized the Almanac Singers, and in 1948 he formed the Weavers. A major influence in reviving national interest in folk music, Seeger is intimate and casual as a performer, often inviting the audience to sing along. Among the many songs he has composed are "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn, Turn, Turn," and "If I Had a Hammer." A leftist activist who was blacklisted and charged with contempt of Congress, he has supported civil-rights, antiwar, environmental (with a late-life emphasis on the Hudson River), and other causes.

See biographies by D. Dunaway (1981, repr. 2008) and A. Wilkinson (2009).

His half-brother, Mike Seeger (Michael Seeger), 1933-2009, was an American singer, instrumentalist, and folklorist, b. New York City. The son of composer Ruth Seeger and musicologist Charles Seeger, he was largely self-taught, playing the guitar, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, and several other instruments. He collected songs from old records and from fellow musicians. In 1958 he founded the New Lost City Ramblers, a three-member string group that specialized in music of the 1920s and 30s. He recorded dozens of albums with this group, with other musicians, and as a soloist. Seeger influenced numerous musicians and was particularly important in the development of Bob Dylan.

Pete Seeger, 1971.

(born May 3, 1919, New York, N.Y., U.S.) U.S. folk singer and songwriter. He was the son of the pioneering ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger (1886–1979) and stepson of the composer Ruth Crawford Seeger. Leaving Harvard after two years in 1938, he hitchhiked and rode freight trains around the country, gathering folk songs and developing a virtuosity on the banjo. In 1940 he organized the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie and performed widely at union halls and farm meetings. In 1948, with Lee Hays (1926–95), Ronnie Gilbert (b. 1927?), and Fred Hellerman (b. 1927), he formed the Weavers. Shortly after the group became successful, it was blacklisted because of Seeger's previous activities in left-wing and labour politics. He fostered the growth of the hootenanny (a gathering of performers playing and singing for each other, with audience participation), and he wrote folk standards such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “If I Had a Hammer.” He is also known as a prominent supporter of antiwar, civil rights, and environmental causes.

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Pete Seeger, 1971.

(born May 3, 1919, New York, N.Y., U.S.) U.S. folk singer and songwriter. He was the son of the pioneering ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger (1886–1979) and stepson of the composer Ruth Crawford Seeger. Leaving Harvard after two years in 1938, he hitchhiked and rode freight trains around the country, gathering folk songs and developing a virtuosity on the banjo. In 1940 he organized the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie and performed widely at union halls and farm meetings. In 1948, with Lee Hays (1926–95), Ronnie Gilbert (b. 1927?), and Fred Hellerman (b. 1927), he formed the Weavers. Shortly after the group became successful, it was blacklisted because of Seeger's previous activities in left-wing and labour politics. He fostered the growth of the hootenanny (a gathering of performers playing and singing for each other, with audience participation), and he wrote folk standards such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “If I Had a Hammer.” He is also known as a prominent supporter of antiwar, civil rights, and environmental causes.

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Tao Rodríguez-Seeger (b. New York 1972) is an American contemporary folk musician. He plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, and sings in Spanish and in English.

Biography

Tao spent nine years of his childhood in Nicaragua. Tao's father, Emilio Rodríguez, a Puerto Rican filmmaker, was invited by the Sandinistas to document the nation's civil war . Tao's mother is Mika Seeger.

When he was sixteen , in 1986, Rodríguez-Seeger started performing with his grandfather Pete Seeger. In 1999 he was a member of the band RIG, with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. In 2001 he was a founding member of the Mammals with Michael Merenda and Ruth Ungar . In 2006 he recorded an album, " Que Vaya Bien", with Puerto Rican folk singers Roy Brown, and Tito Auger of the Puerto Rican rock band Fiel A La Vega and he formed the Anarchist Orchestra (now known as the Tao Rodriguez-Seeger band) with Jacob Silver, also of the Mammals, Laura Cortese and Robin McMillan.

He had a radio show "The Tao of Tao" on WAMC.

Discography

With the Mammals

  • Born Live (2001)
  • Evolver (2002)
  • Migration (EP)(2004)
  • Rock That Babe (2004)
  • Departure (2006)

With Roy Brown and Tito Auger

  • Que Vaya Bien (2006)

With the Anarchist Orchestra/the Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band

  • 'The Anarchist Orchestra'(EP)(2006)

Notes

External links

  • http://www.themammals.net
  • http://www.anarchistorchestra.com/
  • Tao's myspace page
  • Que Vaya Bien
  • Management: Tao is now managed by Thom Wolke Management - thomwolke.mgt@pobox.com

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