Friday, January 21, 2011
Knocking on Havens' door
Richie Havens turns 70 today. Talk about aging gracefully.
We have always been big fans, at least since he opened Woodstock in what seems like a generation ago. It has been a generation! It was a crazy, troubled time when a balladeer with a thumping acoustic guitar and a message could reach the masses. And did he ever reach us -- in ways that continue to resound today.
You can see from the 2009 video shot during Woodstock's 40th anniversary festivities that Havens hasn't missed a beat. We are now in search of Steve Davidowitz's book They Can't Hide Us Anymore recounting the musician's rise from the Greenwich Village scene of the Sixties. Somehow we missed that.
But we didn't miss out on that double pickguard Guild we spotted on Ebay a few years ago. It's coming out of the case tonight for a new set of strings and a celebration of Haven's beautiful music, spirit and life. Join us if you can!