By: Amber Harvey
On Sunday, August 18th, the ashes of folk icon Richie Havens will be scattered across Max Yasgur’s farm—the same field where Havens became the defining voice of a generation, when he opened up the Woodstock festival with a three-hour set in 1969.
Havens died from a heart attack this year on April 22 at the age of 72.
In recent years, the Brooklyn-born “Freedom” singer was involved in a number of music and social advocacy projects, including soundtrack work for the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained and the 2011 civil rights movement documentary Soundtrack To A Revolution.
Open to the public, Havens’s August 18th memorial will take place at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts; the non-profit performing arts center and museum located on the site where the original “3 Days of Peace and Music” festival took place over four decades ago.
According to his official Facebook page, Havens would have “wanted a party rather than a somber memorial,” and we can’t think of a better place to throw a party in honor of the Woodstock legend.
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