The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen's 25 Biggest Heroes

The artists, activists and friends that have shaped Springsteen's world

Pete Seeger

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Bruce Springsteen is such a huge fan of Pete Seeger that his 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is completely devoted to folk songs popularized by the folk icon. Three years after that, Springsteen and Seeger stood side-by-side shortly at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. shortly before Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. 

"I looked at Pete, the first black President of the United States was seated to his right and I thought of the incredible journey  that Pete had taken," Springsteen said at Seeger's 90th birthday concert in 2009. "My own growing up in the Sixties in a town scarred by race rioting, made that moment nearly unbelievable and Pete had 30 extra years of struggle and real activism on his belt, he was so happy that day, it was like 'Pete, you outlasted the bastards.'"

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