Nobody Living Can Make Me Turn Back: Rest in Peace

Nobody Living Can Make Me Turn Back: Rest in Peace

Abby Zimet


It had to happen. Still, it's hard to imagine a world without the indomitable Pete Seeger. His death at 94, peacefully at home, leaves a gaping hole. Tom Morello: "Absolutely the best that humans can aspire to be." To know the man, read his dignified, furious, quietly hilarious testimony before the so-called House Committee on Un-American Activities from the 1950s, with a longer version here. Then watch his 90th birthday rendition of This Land Is Your Land, and weep. With 94 reasons we still need him. Damn.

From his testimony before HUAC:

"Again, I say I will be glad to tell what songs I have ever sung, because singing is my business... But I decline to say who has ever listened to them, who has written them, or other people who have sung them."

A free and independent press is essential to the health of a functioning democracy

Chairman: "Did you sing that song?"

"I can sing it. I don’t know how well I can do it without my banjo."


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