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Pete Seeger, whose storied career in folk music took him from a Communist blacklist to singing at President Obama’s first inauguration, has died. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, who told the New York Times he died of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Seeger used folk music as an instrument of peaceful social change. According to the Times, it was his adaptation of “We Shall Overcome,” based on old spirituals, that became the defining anthem of the Civil. »

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