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How did it feel to walk out in front of hundreds of thousands of people and open the Woodstock festival? What kind of life journey led from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to that celebrated concert stage? And how can a man preserve the legacy ofMoreHow did it feel to walk out in front of hundreds of thousands of people and open the Woodstock festival? What kind of life journey led from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to that celebrated concert stage? And how can a man preserve the legacy of Woodstock and his own deeply held beliefs in an age of computers and instant communication? In this warm, highly personal narrative, Richie Havens answers those questions and more.Richie Havens was one of the artists who helped bring lush poetry and a social conscience to popular music in the sixties. From his unique vantage point, we watch the emerging careers of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, and Lou Gossett Jr. (who cowrote one of Richies most famous songs) and revisit underappreciated singer-songwriters, among them Fred Nell, Judy Henske, Tim Hardin, Dino Valenti, and Bruce Murdoch. From his unusual guitar style to the process of writing and interpreting songs, Richie relates both the triumphs and frustrations of the music business and invites you into the recording studio and on memorable backstage visits with the likes of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.But music is only one side of Richie Havens. He also describes his nonprofit organization for marine study and conservation, the song that sent him on a Middle East peace mission, his work mobilizing schoolchildren as environmental activists, and the true legacy of the Woodstock generation. Here is a candid, compelling, exhilarating visit with a remarkable artist whose joy in living and faith in the human spirit are contagious.