Good question.I never paid too much attention to Seeger.I mean I recognize his importantance,as a historical figure,of American dissent,but I never liked his music.(I don't particularly care for folk music as a whole.)I had always thought,he stuck with Folkways,for the same reason Decca dropped The Weavers.Meaning ,after the HUAC hearings,no other label wanted to touch him.Am I correct ?
Cary Ginell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
In a message dated 7/17/2006 5:26:43 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
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John Hammond was responsible for discovering Benny Goodman, Count Basie,
Holiday, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Pete
and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
You can make credible arguments about just about all of the above, except
Seeger, which is a really ludicrous statement. Seeger helped form the Almanac
Singers in the early '40s, some two decades before Hammond happened upon him.
Then he helped form the Weavers and had a whole other career in the early
'50s before being snuffed out by the HUAC. So where was Hammond when Pete was
blacklisted during the '50s???
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