Giving Pete Seeger chapter and verse–and begging him to keep it to himself

Over the years it’s been my good fortune to interview some great musicians–Les Paul, Judy Collins, Todd Rundgren and Richie Havens spring to mind.

Pete Seeger in 1986. Photo: Wikimedia.com

Pete Seeger in 1986. Photo: Wikimedia.org

But the list always felt incomplete without Pete Seeger, the folk bridge from Woody to Bruce.

Sadly, that opportunity now is out of the question–in this world, anyway–with Pete’s passing on Monday at age 94.

A  local luminary had better luck.

Mike Agranoff, who runs The Minstrel folk series on Fridays  in Morris Township, got a call one night from Pete, asking permission to borrow some of Mike’s lyrics.

Mike agreed… but later told the great man to strip his co-byline from the song!

Check out Mike’s entertaining account of his brush–or should we say brush-off?–with fame.

And thanks, Pete, for keeping it real for so long.

Mike Agranoff, who runs The Minstrel series in Morris Township, performs at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2010, not long after sharing some lyrics with Pete Seeger. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Mike Agranoff, who runs The Minstrel series in Morris Township, performs at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2010, not long after sharing some lyrics with Pete Seeger. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 



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