RIP Pete Seeger

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Folk-music legend Pete Seeger passed away at 94 yesterday.

In his memory, we’d like to highlight Nell Boeschenstein’s Rumpus essay about him, “Pete Seeger: The Voice That Belongs to the Body.”

But lately it had become clear that Pete is no relic. This 90-year-old man who was straightening the piles of holiday cards in need of stamps and addresses on his kitchen table, who still chops his own wood and owns neither a computer nor a television nor an answering machine, is relevant, contemporary, vital. Essential, even.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →