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survival

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

FACT!!!...

YOU are AVERAGE at BEST!!!...


BWA HA HA hahahaaaaa!!!
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?
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!
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
Risk

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.
zBrown

Ice climber
Jul 19, 2017 - 07:14am PT
It looks like some websites do not allow hot linking or do so only for a shor time? Getty Images appears to be a contributing factor and copywriting ...

Anyway, heres one from 1968 which isn't quite 1967 which is when I first encountered Mr. Havens in Berkeley.

You'd think somebody made a tape or two.

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