Pete Seeger, the genesis of folk in America who helped revolutionize the song and the story in popular music, has died. He was 94.
The New York Times reports that his death was confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, who said he died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Seeger’s range of influence is incalculable in folk music and beyond. Bruce Springsteen idolized him, Bob Dylan called him a saint and Joan Baez said that, “We owe all our careers to him.” Seeger wrote some of the 20th century’s most indelible songs, including ”If I Had a Hammer,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” to name a few, all collected in numerous volumes throughout his life.