I was raised on folk music so I always had an appreciation of the weird, wild, and sometimes wacky folks who love to play it, but I was never really schooled on Seeger and what a kick-ass dude he was. Reading the transcript of his testimony before the HUAC, I found this bit particularly lovely:
MR. TAVENNER: You did know, at that time, in 1953, that V. J. Jerome was a cultural head of the Communist Party and one of the Smith Act defendants in New York City?
MR. SEEGER: Again the same answer, sir.
MR. SCHERER: You refuse to answer that question?
MR. SEEGER: Yes, sir.
MR. TAVENNER: I hand you a photograph which was taken of the May Day parade in New York City in 1952, which shows the front rank of a group of individuals, and one is in a uniform with military cap and insignia, and carrying a placard entitled CENSORED. Will you examine it please and state whether or not that is a photograph of you?
(A document was handed to the witness.)
MR. SEEGER: It is like Jesus Christ when asked by Pontius Pilate, "Are you king of the Jews?"
CHAIRMAN WALTER: Stop that.
Simply awesome. I apologize in advance for the comment, but truth-to-power like that takes big ole' steel balls. Well done, Mr. Seeger, you won't be forgotten.