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In Pete Seeger's wake, protest music lives on

Published on Jan 29, 2014 9:55 AM
 
Singers Pete Seeger (left) and Bruce Springsteen perform during the We Are One Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on Jan 18, 2009. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pete Seeger. Folk music legend. Born in New York on May 3, 1919. Died on Monday in the same city at the age of 94.

Survived by protest songs of all kinds, in all genres.

From mainstream pop and rock to hip hop, electro and even country music, songwriters and performers are as engaged as they were in Seeger's heyday, even if the hot-button issues have evolved.

"It's a myth that protest music has disappeared," said Alexander Shashko, who teaches the relationship between race, politics and popular culture at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

 
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