Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Richie Havens

The 1960s folk revival, following on from the revivals of the 40s and 50s, introduced a staggering array of wholly individualistic talents, people like Odetta, Ramblin Jack Elliott, even Leonard Cohen and Mister Z, who went on to more mainstream success. And alongside them was the high-flying genius, Richie Havens. I've never seen anyone play a guitar like him. It was mesmerising. So was that voice.

Richie Havens has just died, aged 72.

I've always loved this recording, because the groovy 1960s camera work and lighting just seem to complement Richie's guitar style so well.

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