Pete Seeger, strumming a banjo on the bow of the Clearwater sloop. He and a group of volunteers raised $150,000 to build the vessel and used it to dramatize the fight against pollution in the Hudson River Valley. He and his wife were instrumental in saving the Hudson, which industry had polluted to the point where we, as children, were not allowed to even touch the water. I remember walking along the shore, often finding the bones of unfortunate creatures who drank from the water.
From left to right, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Pete Seeger, Dave Matthews, and Tao Rodriguez celebrated onstage at Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2009.