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Skeptimistic

Mountain climber
La Mancha
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 22, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
His performance epitomized the Woodstock ideal. Amazing man, amazing life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richie_Havens
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
Sad for sure.
RIP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBbXKsKXyNU

Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
A completely unique voice, too. Guts.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
An artist of exceptional uniqueness and passion and creativity. Those who knew him spoke of his warmth and compassion always.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:06am PT
Born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Richie Havens moved to Greenwich Village in 1961 in time to get in on the folk boom then taking place. Havens had a distinctive style as a folksinger, appearing in such clubs as the Cafe Wha? His guitar set to an open tuning, he would strum while barring chords with his thumb, using it essentially as percussion while singing rhythmically in a gruff voice for a mesmerizing effect. Havens was signed to Douglas Records in 1965 and recorded two albums that gained him a local following. In 1967, the Verve division of MGM Records formed a folk section (Verve Forecast) and signed Havens and other folk-based performers.

The result was Havens's third album, Mixed Bag. It wasn't until 1968 and the Something Else Again album, however, that Havens began to hit the charts -- actually, Havens's fourth, third, and second albums charted that year, in that order. In 1969 came the double album Richard P. Havens 1983. Havens's career benefited enormously from his appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and his subsequent featured role in the movie and album made from the concert in 1970. His first album after that exposure, Alarm Clock, made the Top 30 and produced a Top 20 single in "Here Comes the Sun." These recordings were Havens's commercial high-water mark, but by this time he had become an international touring success. By the end of the '70s, he had abandoned recording and turned entirely to live work. Havens came back to records with a flurry of releases in 1987: a new album, Simple Things; an album of Bob Dylan and Beatles covers; and a compilation. In 1991, Havens signed his first major-label deal in 15 years when he moved to Sony Music and released Now. Discography * A Richie Havens Record (1965) * Electric Havens (1966) * Mixed Bag (February 1967) * Something Else Again (1968) * Richard P.





Was lucky enough to see Richie Havens twice in Berkeley in 1967 and 1969. That second photo is just aobut right for 1967.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Brownie, what is up with your photos.... all no-shows


Credit: Peter Haan
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:19am PT
FREEDOm!!!!!!!
Fish Finder

Social climber
THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:33am PT
My brother played percussion for him one summer when he was showcased at Georges Supper Club in Chicago

Possibly the coolest dude I ever met!

RIP RH
Tim Camuti

Trad climber
CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:40am PT
One of the amazing music discoveries from the generation before me. Thanks to an amazing body of work, not just the Woodstock material, I learned a lot about the wide variety of folk music out there. Thanks for sharing your music, Richie.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:45am PT
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Apr 23, 2013 - 02:39am PT
Who knew you could play the guitar with your thumb!



I don't think anyone else should die for at least the next year!
redrocker

climber
NV
Apr 23, 2013 - 04:45am PT
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 04:48am PT
F*#kin A, the good ones are dropping like flies this week...
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Apr 23, 2013 - 04:50am PT
i think he set the tone for that whole Woodstock concert, you had gung ho freaks ready for Nam and you had the acid heads, could have been a rough ride,

Mr Havens was the perfect dude to chill the whole thing out,
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:15am PT
"follow in the darkest night the sounds that may impell you"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjefIsixrfU

sorry to know he's gone now

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:23am PT

There goes the sun. . .

Rest in peace, Richie.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:36am PT

I personally never thought he was a very good Musician...

Average at best...

Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Jebus locker, you really missed it there. You should listen to his Mixed Bag album, still one of my favorites.

Stephen Stills:
Richie Havens was one of the nicest, most generous and pure individuals I have ever met.

He did Dylan way better than Dylan.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:50am PT


"Jebus Locker, you really missed it there"...


Average at BEST!!!...



Notice how Stills didn't say anything about how good of a Musician he was...

locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:57am PT


"He did Dylan way better than Dylan."...

Gary...

Good lord dude...

We're talking Richie Havens here man...

No the fuk he DIDN'T!!!...

How COULD he???...




EDITED:

Hendrix did some GOOD sh!t with Dylans tunes...



FACT!!!...

Havens DIDN'T!!!...
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:59am PT
Musicianship is about communication. Maybe he wasn't the best on the guitar, but we was a fine musician. At least he communicated to me.

Besides, anybody that needs TWO pick guards has to be awesome. RIP
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Locker is known to miss the boat musically. Thinks he's all Mr. Critic and what not.



FACT!! LOTS of people did Dylan songs better than Dylan did.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:06am PT


FACT!!!...

The dude was AVERAGE at BEST!!!...


Shall I start posting who I think is BETTER???...


I'll start with the "E's"...

for EVERYONE!!!...




EDITED:

He got famous for that AWFUL crap he did at the Woodstock Festival...

After that (Actually before that, too), it was all down hill...





The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:07am PT
Lots of soul, style, creativity, rhythm, and a powerful voice. I think these alone can make a good musician. His simple strumming and use of open tunings enabled him to be a solo player and fill the air with a unique and nuanced sound.




locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:10am PT

He used open tunings because he couldn't play worth a crap...

He was OK!!!...

That's about it in my book...



The rest of you that feel he was some great and accomplished musician feel free to give me sh!t for my...

OPINION...

;-)

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:10am PT

FACT!!!...

YOU are AVERAGE at BEST!!!...


BWA HA HA hahahaaaaa!!!
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:14am PT

"FACT!!!...

YOU are AVERAGE at BEST!!!..."
...(FACT!!! As a "CLIMBER", I am BELOW "Average"...)



FACT!!!...

As a "Musician" I fuking SUCK!!!...

But I can play one fuking hell of a LOT better than that strumbing MoFo could...

But then so could a five year old after a two week lesson...


"BWA HA HA hahahaaaaa"...






LOL!!!...

He was OK and I DID listen to his stuff MANY years back...





The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:14am PT
Be nice Locker - the man just passed away.

Would you admit he gave hope to technically impaired guitarists at least?
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:16am PT


"Would you admit he gave hope to technically impaired guitarists at least?"...


That's a bit of a stretch...

LOL!!!...

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Thanks Kevin. Being a technically impaired guitarist, vocalist and composer myself, I can appreciate such sentiments.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Exactly!
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:21am PT


EDITED:

Richie Havens was the most accomplished Musician in the World bar none!!!...



Disengaging in 3,2,1...





phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
Locker, since I'm not a musician myself, I can't say if he was average or not. But I do remember the feeling his music evoked in me during that time of my life - it was very liberating and sad and sweet and empowering all at the same time. I found his voice wonderful in the way Dylan and Tom Wait's voices are wonderful - they don't have great voices but the emotional impact is so powerful!

I saw him play in a college auditorium in the Hartford area once and it was a fantastic show. The feeling in the room was magic. Everyone was laughing and happy when they left. There was this feeling of love uniting us, I know that sounds hokey but it's true. I also was close to the front of the crowd for his opening show at Woodstock and it was pure, huge, exploding energy when he began. A perfect start to that day.

Different music speaks to different people...
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Apr 23, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Just like climbers, artists, dancers etc. there are all types. With Richie, I appreciate the rhythm and the drive, both in the guitar and the voice. It's just like I can appreciate the quirky rhythm changes and melody lines of Zappa (know I'll probably get flamed on this one:-).
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Apr 23, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Personally I really liked his style and message. I saw him live at a music fest in Lyons a few years ago and he was great - full of soul. RIP Richie Havens...
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
I posted links to these photos above. They are from Getty Images, copyright is Michael Ochs.

Richie Havens 1960
Richie Havens 1960
Credit: Michael Ochs


Richie Havens 1967 <br/>
Richie Havens 1967

Credit: Michael Ochs
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
I created a "Richie Havens Radio" on my Pandora One about a year ago. Since then, it has been played at least every other day or several times a week. What a master.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/23/opinion/havens-his-own-words/index.html
Skeptimistic

Mountain climber
La Mancha
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 23, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
But I can play one fuking hell of a LOT better than that strumbing MoFo could...

But then so could a five year old after a two week lesson...

You're sounding like someone who goes to a Modern Art exhibit and cries, "I could've painted that!" But you didn't and you couldn't have. Richie occupied and filled perfectly one magical moment in space/time and will forever be remembered by millions for that. (Actually, he did that more than once)

You, on the other hand, will be remembered by perhaps a few dozen of us as one who has mediocre Photoshop skills and a penchant for dropping the occasional flaming retort.

Drop me a line when you do something even marginally cool for mankind.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Locker, since I'm not a musician myself, I can't say if he was average or not. But I do remember the feeling his music evoked in me during that time of my life - it was very liberating and sad and sweet and empowering all at the same time. I found his voice wonderful in the way Dylan and Tom Wait's voices are wonderful - they don't have great voices but the emotional impact is so powerful!

I saw him play in a college auditorium in the Hartford area once and it was a fantastic show. The feeling in the room was magic. Everyone was laughing and happy when they left. There was this feeling of love uniting us, I know that sounds hokey but it's true. I also was close to the front of the crowd for his opening show at Woodstock and it was pure, huge, exploding energy when he began. A perfect start to that day.

That's musicianship. Stevie Ray Vaughn could make a guitar erupt in flames with his technique, but he was not the musician Richie Havens was.
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