Stars Remember Late Protest Singer Pete Seeger

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January 28, 2014 | 11:25am EST

Stars including Tom Morello, Tony Bennett, Steve Martin and Billy Bragg have paid tribute to folk icon and political activist Pete Seeger, who died on Monday.
The 94-year-old musician passed away in New York City after a short illness, and his grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, subsequently revealed the star appeared to have been in good health before he fell ill last week.
After the news broke, Rage Against The Machine rocker Morello, who played at Seeger’s 90th birthday gig, was one of the first to remember the star, writing on Twitter, “RIP Pete Seeger. Absolutely the best that humans can aspire to be. A courageous, kind, fearless soul.”
Music legend Tony Bennett, adds, “Pete Seeger brought the world together with truth and beauty more than anyone else,” and comic/musician Steve Martin reveals he read Seeger’s published manual on playing the banjo as a teen: “I bought his book, ‘How to Play the 5-String Banjo’ when I was 16. American hero in so many ways: Pete Seeger.”
Fellow protest singer Bragg writes, “Peter Seeger towered over the folk scene like a mighty redwood for 75 years. He traveled with Woody Guthrie in the 1940s, stood up to Joe McCarthy in the 50s, marched with Dr Martin Luther King in the 60s. His songs will be sung wherever people struggle for their rights. We shall overcome.”
Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore wrote, “Pete Seeger. What can I say. He said it and sang it and lived it all. Our paths crossed many times, and I am the better for it. RIP”
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker also revealed she was a fan of The Weavers’ star, writing in a post on the social networking site, “Pete Seeger, some of my happiest memories from childhood include you. Your distinct sound making its way through our home day and night. Your musical presence remains for my children. So grateful you shared your music, your principles and yourself for so many decades we are all better for it. Thank you. Godspeed Pete Seeger.”
Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky also shared his personal memory of the folk singer, tweeting, “Sad to lose Pete Seeger who was an inspiration. I got to hang with him as a fellow alumni of (leadership camp) Camp Rising Sun.”

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