Pete Seeger, a main voice behind the American folk movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s, died on Monday. His grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, told the New York Times that he died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 94.
Known for his social activism as much as his folk songs, Seeger went from being banned on television for more than a decade to playing the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Barack Obama’s inauguration concert. He was known for his topical songs about civil rights, the labor movement and environmental factors; some of his most recognizable are “The Hammer Song,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
For his 90th birthday celebration, a sold-out concert was held at Madison Square Garden to honor the life and songs of Seeger. Bruce Springsteen introduced Seeger as “a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament of the power of song and culture to nudge history along.”
His survivors include his children: Daniel, Mika and Tinya, sister Peggy, and six grandchildren, which include singer Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.