Resurrecting the Red: Pete Seeger and the Purification of Difficult Reputations

Minna Bromberg, Gary Alan Fine*

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In November 1994 Arlo Guthrie, son of the late folk singer Woody Guthrie, stood on the stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington and looked out at a house packed with politicians and other luminaries. Pete Seeger had been named a Kennedy Center Honoree. Guthrie, a presenter, recalled that when there was a move afoot to make his father’s song, “This Land Is Your Land, " the national anthem (McCarthy 1989), Seeger had vehemently opposed the idea. Guthrie remembered Seeger arguing that the worst thing you could do to a song was to make it official. Then Guthrie looked out into the audience and said, “I wonder what we’re going to do now that you’re official” (Pareles 1994:C11).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSticky Reputations
Subtitle of host publicationThe Politics of Collective Memory in Midcentury America
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781136485657
ISBN (Print)9780415894982
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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