Richie Havens


I saw the Village as a place you could escape to, to express yourself. When I first went there, I wrote and performed poetry. Then I drew portraits for a couple of years. It took a while before I thought about picking up a guitar

Richard Pierce Havens, was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 21st 1941. He was a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings) and soulful covers of pop and folk songs. After starting out performing in neighborhood doo-wop and gospel groups, Havens moved to Greenwich Village, where he picked up the guitar and started performing in coffee houses. After releasing several studio albums, Havens opened the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He died on April 22, 2013, at the age of 72.