Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Richie Havens RIP

I'm so sad to hear of the passing of Richie Havens. I had the distinct honor of interviewing him when I was an editor at Brooklyn Bridge Magazine. He was gracious and generous with his time. Talking to him on the phone was like leaning my ear against a huge purring cat, or like having a soothing hot liquid poured into my brain. As I remember it he mailed me a few pages of handwritten notes that were very easy to organize into this article -- it was just a matter of rearranging and shaping, not rewriting. All words were his. The pleasure was mine.

Richie Havens article in Brooklyn Bridge Magazine

Richie Havens in Brooklyn Bridge, Part 2

Thanks to editor extraordinaire and keeper of ephemera Joe Fodor.