- Richie Havenslegendary folk and protest singer who was the first act to hit the stage at Woodstock.
To mark the passing of legendary protest singer Richie Havens, we are sharing his performance of “Freedom” at the massive Feb. 15, 2003, demonstration against the Iraq War, which took place in New York City as millions filled the streets around the world. You may recall the song from Havens’ performance at Woodstock, where he was the first act to take the stage, and did so quite dramatically. After a nearly 50-year career, Havens died Monday at age 72 in his New Jersey home after a sudden heart attack.
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