94-Year-Old Pete Seeger Sings “This Land is Your Land” at Farm Aid

On Sep­tem­ber 21, Pete Seeger per­formed the Woody Guthrie clas­sic, “This Land is Your Land,” at Farm Aid while being joined on stage by John Mel­len­camp, Willie Nel­son, Dave Matthews and Neil Young. “Friends,” he told the audi­ence, “at 94, I don’t have much of a voice left. But here’s a song I think you know, and if you sing it, why, we’ll make a good sound.” And that’s just what the singer and audi­ence did. Seeger, who still has his wits about him, even impro­vised a bit and added a new verse, “New York was made to be frack free!” Bless him.

For some vin­tage Seeger, don’t miss this film fea­tur­ing the folk leg­end when he was only 27 years old. Released in 1946, To Hear Your Ban­jo Play is an engag­ing 16-minute intro­duc­tion to Amer­i­can folk music, writ­ten and nar­rat­ed by Alan Lomax.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Willie Nel­son, Pete Seeger, and Arlo Guthrie at Occu­py Wall Street

House of Earth: Hear Woody Guthrie’s Lost Nov­el, Pub­lished by John­ny Depp, as an Audio Book

17-Year-Old Joan Baez Per­forms at Famous “Club 47″ in Cam­bridge, MA (1958)

Woody Guthrie’s Fan Let­ter To John Cage and Alan Hov­haness (1947)

Alan Lomax’s Music Archive Hous­es Over 17,400 Folk Record­ings From 1946 to the 1990s

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