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Pete Seeger :: Photo Essay :5:

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When Pete Seeger's father, Charles Seeger, was fired from his position at the University of California in Berkeley for speaking out against the war, he decided to take his family on the road.

“Henry Ford had invented the cheap car, and my father got one and built one of America's first automobile trailers to pull behind it. The trailer looked more like a covered wagon, it was five and a half feet wide and fourteen feet long, had a double bed for a father and mother at one end, and two tiny bunks for my two older brothers, and my cradle hung from one of the hoops overhead. My mother had to wash my diapers in an iron pot over an open fire. And his idea was to take Bach and Beethoven and Debussy and other great composers, out into the small towns and countryside and show people what great music is. He had a folding organ like chaplains used in World War I, and he had a five and a half feet square platform, which could be pulled out from under the trailer and propped up at the two corners by two jacks that would level it, and my mother would stand there with her violin and he'd sit there with the organ.”

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Photographer Michael Bowman is a historian by education, which he says explains his fascination with old buildings, cars and technology. He also takes extraordinary photographs of graveyards.

His work can be seen at www.desolateplaces.com.
His flickr photo postings go under the moniker of DuffSuds.

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