Rest In Peace: Richie Havens

Richie Havens passed away on Monday at the age of 72.



To call him a folk singer would be defining him too narrowly. He was a man of many interests; however, he is best remembered for his transfixing performance at Woodstock that was wonderfully captured on film.

The LA Times Randall Roberts wrote a terrific appreciation of him that can be read here.,0,3615743.story

The only thing I wanted to add was a story I recall (hopefully correctly) about his Woodstock performance. He stretched out his rendition of “Freedom” because he was asked to play longer. The rainy weather prevented electric bands from going on stage and he was the only acoustic act available. However, you couldn’t tell from his passionate playing that he was doing it to fill time. So you could say that his divine performance was caused, to some degree, by an act of God.



About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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