If you missed last week's brilliant New Yorker profile on long-time Beacon resident Pete Seeger (only available in the magazine), or even if you didn't, it's worth checking out this piece by Edward J. Renehan. It's a great reminder of how important a figure Pete Seeger has been in modern American history. From civil rights to anti-war protests to environmental activism, Renehan notes that Seeger has been "a veteran fighter for virtually every sane, thoughtful, and reasonable cause that has loomed on the planet since World War II."
On Tuesday Bruce Springsteen will release We Shall Overcome, an album of Pete Seeger covers. At 87 years old, it's about time that Seeger got popular recognition for living a life devoted to the common good. Apparently there are still people who question Seeger's patriotism. I've heard stories of the Clearwater being stoned when it sailed into Cold Spring years ago. So it's good to see an album like this come out and give everyone a chance to get to know Pete Seeger -- a man who has never been afraid to stand his ground and fight for the things most people take for granted, whether it be clean drinking water, free speech, or a park on the Hudson River front.