At 90, Seeger Still Tuned to Social Activism

Springsteen, Guthrie, Baez, and others to headline tribute concert
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2009 11:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Today may be his 90th birthday, but the only reason folk legend Pete Seeger will share the stage with Bruce Springsteen and Arlo Guthrie at his tribute concert will be to raise money for the environment—continuing his penchant for infusing music with social activism. “I agreed to the concert, although I don’t like big things,” Seeger tells the AP.

“It’s never been about Pete,” said Emmylou Harris, who’ll also perform tonight and wrote Seeger before she ever released a song. “It's always been about the world and what he believes in.” Seeger, who was blacklisted in the 1950s, says he has just one wish: “For the rest of my life, I hope to sing only for the children.”