Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Richie Havens: Freedom (Woodstock, 1969)

Haven's song “Freedom” became the anthem for a generation when he ran out of material after demand for numerous encores. Richie played through his entire set and had to keep playing due to the next act being late because of the insane traffic at the festival. He began splicing the blues song “Motherless Child” with “Freedom”, and when the particular cut of the song was put on the film Woodstock, it instantly became an international hit. A pertinent song for these doleful times. 

The ambient serenity coupled with the accidental beauty stays with those who have heard it and the song remains a patchwork folk classic.
(From: Woodstock Story)

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