Remembering Folk Legend and Activist Pete Seeger + Solidarity Forever + Which Side Are You On?

Pete Seeger

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TheRealNews on Jan 28, 2014

John Nichols: 94 year-old Pete Seeger’s music was stronger than the forces that sought to silence him.



Pete Seeger: Solidarity Forever

DumDumDeDip on Sep 7, 2013

This is “Solidarity Forever”, the powerful “national anthem” of the U.S. labor movement, recorded in 1941 by Pete Seeger and The Almanac Singers, and is contained on their album “Talkin’ Union”, which is now available in Mp3 format at many online stores. The background film clips are of various worker strikes and union activities, 1930s to the 2000s.

The song was written in 1915 by Ralph Chaplin, a member and organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). After the song achieved widespread fame, Chaplin was not happy that it was often sung by unions that seemed to have no desire to truly eliminate the worst injustices of capitalism.


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Which Side Are You On? — Pete Seeger

Spadecaller on Mar 15, 2008

In the mountains of Kentucky in 1931, the coal miners of Harlan County went on strike. Officers hired by the mining company roamed the countryside hunting for the union leaders. The independent coal miners fought back gallantly against the hired company deputies and blood was spilled on both sides. “Which Side Are You On,” was written by Florence Reece, the wife of Sam Reece, a union leader who had escaped into the Kentucky mountains for safety. Class warfare continues in the United States and in most nations throughout the world. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Millard Lampell of the Almanac Singers made this song famous in 1941. – Spadecaller

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7 thoughts on “Remembering Folk Legend and Activist Pete Seeger + Solidarity Forever + Which Side Are You On?

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  4. How wrong and out of kilter things have gone. Why? Have we become so brainwashed, so indifferent, so callous that we have lost our capacity to be compassionate? Retaining a social conscience is not shameful – seemingly having lost it is.

    • How wrong and out of kilter …. why we are loosing our compassion ? you ask . brainwashed ? The fault dear peskyvera, is not in the Bible but in ourselves. We have met the enemy and it is us . Seeger knew this . Don’t forget , it was Seeger who used the words … the exact words of the Bible himself to write ”Turn, turn, turn”. He also sang Woody Gutherie’s famous tune ”Jesus Christ”…constantly.

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