How an IU Grad Student Helped Pete Seeger Write a Classic Song

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BY MIKE LEONARD “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” has been described as one of the top political songs and top folk songs of all time and is closely associated with the life and legacy of its primary author, the late Pete Seeger. But it’s a little-known fact that two verses of the classic song were written in Bloomington by Joe Hickerson when he was a graduate student in folklore at Indiana University (click here to read the lyrics). Hickerson was an undergraduate at Oberlin College in the mid-1950s when he first heard Seeger perform the song, which was so new Seeger taped the lyrics to his microphone stand. Shortly afterward, the folk legend recorded what was then a three-verse [...]

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