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Music from the True VineMike Seeger's Life and Musical Journey$
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Bill C. Malone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835104

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869406_malone

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The Seeger Heritage

The Seeger Heritage

(p.9) 1 The Seeger Heritage
Music from the True Vine

Bill C. Malone

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter chronicles the prominent role played by the Seeger family in contributing to the propagation of American folk music. Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger were both great exponents of the vernacular music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and, together and separately, made enormous contributions to the documentation of American folk music. Charles was also a prominent member of the Resettlement Administration during the Depression years, which relocated struggling farmers to better agricultural communities where they could be more productive. Mike Seeger possibly got his love of the banjo from Pete, who had a major impact on the American protest folk music scene. Seeger shared the passion his family had for traditional American folk music, but he was, perhaps, aware that he needed to play a distinct role in order to be set apart from his highly illustrious parents, brother, and sister. To begin with, Seeger rejected the formal music instruction that his mother tried to instil in him.

Keywords:   Charles Seger, Ruth Seger, Pete Seger, American folk music, protest music, Depression years, Resettlement Administration

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