Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pete Seeger Performs "Skip To My Lou" in Australia, 1963

A version of the above has become my kids' favorite song lately.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Ugh. Marxist. And not really that great a folk singer, either. Great song, though. A classic.

Last month's First Things had a very insightful review of Seeger and his fellow travelers in the folk scene in the 1930's-40's. Well worth a read.

What bothers me the most about Seeger is that he took a form of music close to the people -- folk -- and used it in the service of a foul and evil ideology. His commitment to Stalin and the Marxist death cult was abominable.

2:11 AM  
Anonymous ben said...

That was the best article of the December issue.

It should be available on the FT website next month. Nothing about Seeger surprised me, but it did disappoint me to learn that Burl Ives was also a communist.

I still enjoy listening to Seeger, even though he is a commie. It put him in the same category as another guilty pleasure of mine: Serge Prokoviev.

2:26 AM  

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