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Playlist: Richie Havens

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Richie Havens passed away on April 22, 2013 at the age of 72.

Below are picks chosen by PRX editorial staff. You can see all Richie Havens pieces by using our search.

Richie Havens Retrospective on FM Odyssey

From FM Odyssey | 01:57:56

Richie Havens takes us on a guided tour of his career

Richiehavensforprx_small To celebrate the life and music of Richie Havens. FM Odyssey invites you to this rare, intimate, in studio interview with Richie that recreates his 5 decades in music, digging deep into his catalog of songs with great music and stories. A great way to honor a man that brought so much to this earth through the music in his heart.

American Routes show #11-36 The Art of Music

From American Routes | Part of the American Routes series | 01:59:00

featuring Richie Havens, Peter Max, and Nashville's Hatch Show Print

Rhavens_small American Routes delves into the colorful convergence of art and music... from artist musicians, to painterly album covers and audacious poster art. Richie Havens was one such artist turned musician. We'll learn about his tenure as a Greenwich Village portraitist and his legendary opening act at Woodstock. Then conversation with artist Peter Max, known for his pop-art colors, cosmic subjects and iconic album covers. And a visit to Nashville's Hatch Show Print, who printed posters for musicians from Bessie Smith to Johnny Cash, for a primer on the art of letterpress.

How Richie Havens Started Woodstock (5:20)

From Paul Ingles | 05:20

Folk singing legend Richie Havens died Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at the age of 72 of a sudden heart attack. In this excerpt from the documentary Back to the Garden: Woodstock Remembered, host Paul Ingles recounts how Richie Havens wound up being the first onstage at the most famous festival in rock music history.

Havens_small Folk singing legend Richie Havens died Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at the age of 72 of a sudden heart attack.  In this excerpt from the documentary Back to the Garden: Woodstock Remembered, host Paul Ingles recounts how Richie Havens wound up being the first onstage at the most famous festival in rock music history...with his song Freedom...made up right there on the spot after he'd run out of things to play.