The New York Times reported today that Mike Seeger, the half-brother of folk legend Pete Seeger and an accomplished folk singer and music historian himself, died of blood cancer at the age of 75.
A founder of the New Lost City Ramblers and a collector of Southern musical treasures (like much of his extended family), Seeger also had a profound influence on Bob Dylan during Dylan's early attempts to make a name for himself as a folk singer in the early '60s. The Times quotes from Dylan's 2004 partial memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, about Seeger, in typically Dylanesque phrasing:
"He was like a duke, a knight errant. As for being a folk musician, he was the supreme archetype. He could push a stake through Dracula's black heart. He was the romantic, egalitarian and revolutionary type all at once."
You can read Seeger's obituary here.
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