Billy Bragg and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello have led the tributes to US folk musician Pete Seeger, who has died aged 94.
The singer died in a New York hospital after a short illness, his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson confirmed overnight. Throughout his career, Seeger became a figurehead for numerous political causes – from nuclear disarmament to the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. His influence continued down the decades – in 1996 he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and he was also nominated for an award in the 2014 Grammys.
Posting on Twitter, Bragg and Morello wrote of his Seeger’s political influence: “Peter Seeger towered over the folk scene like a mighty redwood for 75 years,” wrote Bragg. “He travelled 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.”
Seeger’s uncompromising badass testimony before The House Un-American Activities Committee:
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) January 28, 2014
Meanwhile, Fat White Family shared a link to Seeger’s song ‘L’Internationale’ in their tribute:
our most earnest of comrades has gone to the big struggle in the sky. RIP Pete Seeger http://t.co/TlhgwZjygm
— Fat White Family (@FatWhiteFamily) January 28, 2014
Still thinking abt Pete Seeger’s amazing century on earth. Loved & hated by precisely the right people. What a guy. http://t.co/mGMlP7CTE4
— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) January 28, 2014