What a complete bummer. I’m gonna miss Pete forever. None of this should be about his politics. What he did, just in terms of collecting and performing music about the people themselves was enormous! We listened to him all of our lives. He probably did more to shape our perception of ourselves than a whole lot of other people who’ve tried to claim credit for that. He made some of us take up instruments ourselves, so we could sing those songs and make some more. He gave us songs our grandparents had loved, and we taught to our children in turn. He told us stories about how things looked to other people we wouldn’t get a chance to know. When things got tough, regardless of the problem at hand, he’d show up and sing songs of protest and hope , and sometimes, just funny songs, to keep peoples’ spirits up so they could get through it all.
There’s not a soul on this planet, let alone this board, qualified to judge him, and none of us who has done anything remotely comparable to what he did for the many he did it for. Pete was one of the good guys.