“At some point, Pete Seeger decided he’d be a walking, singing reminder of all of America’s history. He’d be a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament to the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards a more humane and justified ends.” That’s Bruce Springsteen on the friend who inspired him and countless other musicians (and stood up to Congress). Pete Seeger has died at the age of 94.

+ Here’s Seeger and some famous friends performing This Land is Your Land.

+ Eight songs to remember Pete Seeger.