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Richie Havens on Woodstock, Freedom and How To Tune a Guitar

Hear a Soundcheck interview with the late folk icon from 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A product of Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood and Greenwich Village's folk scene, Richie Havens gave a three-hour performance at the original Woodstock festival in 1969. The highlight of his epic set was the improvised song, "Freedom." The next 40 years of his career would include acclaimed albums, acting stints, environmental activism and a performance at an inaugural ball for President Bill Clinton.

Havens, who died April 22 at the age of 72, visited Soundcheck in 2010 to share songs from his album, Nobody Left to Crown.


Richie Havens

Comments [4]

Rica B. from NYC

Still awesome! Thanks, Richie!!

Feb. 24 2010 07:28 PM
capper from NY, NY

It was a huge mistake not to have Richie Havens on your program longer. It was a pleasure.

Feb. 24 2010 02:38 PM
earl kirmser from Long Island, N.Y.

Richie Havens, forever grand live in a small place or writ large on the big screen, and thanx John for the show. But hey, The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon had the big hit with "I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent." They performed it live on Alan Freed's short-lived TV show, "The Big Beat."

Rave on, Richie! How about "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" as a drift out?

Thanks again.


Feb. 24 2010 02:36 PM
Artie Bucco from Joisy

So nice to hear Richie Havens on your show. What a pure soul. Keep on keeping on, my brother.

Feb. 24 2010 02:32 PM

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