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Dave White

The Richie Havens legacy

By April 24, 2013

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When Richie Havens died this week, I took it very personally.

It took some studious reflection to figure out why it affected me as it did, but I finally realized that it was because I discovered his music during my formative, late-teen years, when I was trying to figure out the world around me and my place in it, while hoping like hell I wouldn't be drafted and wind up in a jungle in Southeast Asia. Richie Havens, through his music, became part of the fabric of my life.

It all finally clicked into place when I read a quote from producer/musician Joe Henry about Havens. "He changed me. He changed you too, know it or not."

The Richie Havens legacy

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April 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm
(1) Jim Alvarado says:

I met Richie haven at a 60s concert in 2001 at Ruth Wrecker Hall in Tampa Fl, I was very impressed With his style of Folk music, I had him sign my hippy hat and a C.D. I bought from him, he’s the one that got me to learn how to feel the spirit of the guitar. I got to shake his hand, and in real life he was a very special human being in side himself, I gave him a vintage sun flower pin from the 50s , he took the pin and stuck it on his black cape he wore it , I told him I loved his music and how he could strum the those strings on his guitar, in real life I got to meet a legend and a very spiritual person, always expressing the inner expressions and feeling through his music, What a legend to so many friends in the music industry, and well liked by his fans and inspired by his music,

April 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm
(2) Dave White says:

Great story, Jim. Thanks for sharing it. You described him perfectly.

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