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Richie Havens Quotes

My mothers family came from the British West Indies. And my fathers family came from, well, my fathers father came from the Montana/South Dakota area. They were Blackfoot Indian.
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I opened the Woodstock Festival even though I was supposed to be fifth. I said, 'What am I doing here? No, no, not me, not first!' I had to go on stage because there was no one else to go on first - the concert was already two-and-a-half hours late.

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Woodstock was both a peaceful protest and a global celebration.

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I don't get sick. I can't afford to get sick.

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I really sing songs that move me. I'm not in show business. I'm in the communications business. That's what it's for me.

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You can't even kill yourself if it isn't your time to go. People have no control whatsoever over what happens to them, and they are beginning to realize this. The future lies in the time of living. Your doing something will get you into tomorrow, if you want to call it tomorrow. If you want to make those distinctions at all.

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Richie is the only one of my nine who's really moved away. I can't get rid of most of them.

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I tended to listen to doo-wop, but my grandmother would always have the radio on all day and she'd start with Yiddish and then move on to gospel and later to "make believe" ballroom music. I got to hear all kinds of music and my mother would get up to go to work listening to country music. That was her alarm clock. My dad was a jazz lover and listened to the man who wrote "Misty", Errol Garner. He loved piano players, so I got to listen to that as well.

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When I write a song today, basically it goes on the stage tomorrow. That's the way it works. You cannont interrupt your consciousness; it all comes from the subconscious, it can happen anywhere. It could be in a telephone booth.

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