BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) -- The ashes of Richie Havens have been scattered across the site of the 1969 Woodstock concert.
Havens was the first act at Woodstock and his performance of "Freedom" was a highlight of the concert. He died in April of a heart attack at age 72.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that Havens' ashes were scattered from a plane as it flew over the upstate New York field during a ceremony Sunday. About 30 family members attended the event, which drew more than a thousand fans. Actors Danny Glover and Louis Gossett Jr. were among the speakers.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue built on the Woodstock site, hosted the tribute on the 44th anniversary of the final day of the famous three-day concert.
Back in Warwick R.I. circa 1978 when I was 14 we had what was called "midnight movies" at all the local movie theatres where us kids could get off the street and see all these rock legnds on the solver screen.. Movies like Gimme Shelter, Tommy, Rust Never Sleeps, The Last Waltz, The Grateful Dead Movie, Rainbow Bridge, Beatles at Shea Stadium/ Hard Days Night/ Help/ Magical Mystry Tour/ Let It Be and so many more.. During this phase of life we were experiementing with all sorts of drugs we could get out hands on that were going around the neighborhood. Tabs of acid with names like Orange Sunshine, Strawberry Sunshine. Drops of Mescalin, Window Pane. Stems and caps of mushrooms, Peyote buttons, Pink Peruvian Flake and Angel Dust. This one weekend the theatre was playing The Woodstock Movie so we got a few hits of acid and headed off to the local movie house. Arriving late to a capacity crowd we found the only seats available were down in the very front row. This was a time when movie theatres didn't use the small screens but the full Technicolor wide screens that if you sit up front you will have to look back and forth to tray and take in what's going on across this huge screen. With no choice available we took the fron row seats and embarked on a journey to andn through Woodstock. One image that still sticks in my head form that night was Richi Haven singing "Freedom" with the camer zooming in on his fret work and strumming his acoustic guitar. With as intense as the next 20 bands were to this day I tell people my friends and I were at Woodstock. Not in the sense of those that actually were at Woodstock but in the form of all we saw as high as we all were in that front row. Such an amazing musician he was and he will be missed.
"..Sometimes I feel like a motherless child.." Aint that the truth!
RIP Richie..Here Comes The Sun...
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