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Ritchie Havens R.I.P

Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:41 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/2 ... 34558.html

Re: Ritchie Havens R.I.P

Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:41 am

Sad news. He only needed one performance, the one captured in the Woodstock documentary, to get his point across. It was a point that lasted over 40 years. I just read a great quote from him in one of the obits: "I'm not in the music business, I'm in the communication business. That's what it's all about for me."

Who in the field of music these days, especially the young performers, has a philosophy like that? Nada!

RIP Mr. Havens.

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Re: Ritchie Havens R.I.P

Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:42 am

VERY much enjoyed the article and the video. Thanks to jake and intheghetto for posting. That is a terrific quote. "I'm not in the music business, I'm in the communication business. That's what it's all about for me."

Perhaps it's worth noting that Elvis opened at the International on July 31, 1969 and Woodstock happened on August 15-18, 1969. There was war and death all around, but music helped get us through. It was an interesting time.

Thoughts for Ritchie Haven tonight.

Re: Ritchie Havens R.I.P

Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:55 am

Oh, more sad news.

He was very special. May he find peace.

rjm

Re: Ritchie Havens R.I.P

Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:52 pm

MaryAnn wrote:Perhaps it's worth noting that Elvis opened at the International on July 31, 1969 and Woodstock happened on August 15-18, 1969. There was war and death all around, but music helped get us through. It was an interesting time.


It's also worth noting that the repeat broadcast of the NBC '68 Comeback Special was on August 15, 1969 (or was it the 16th?) the exact same weekend as Woodstock. If there were any TVs near the site of the festival, which I doubt, someone could've easily been inside watching Elvis and then gone down to Yasgur's farm to see another historic event unfolding. Amazing! The don't make moments in popular culture like that anymore.