If you go to Richie Havens
, you'll see the famous quote from Tagore: "Say not in grief, 'He is no more', but live in thankfulness that he was."
Those who knew Havens, remember his gentle nature, his light humour and his belief in the power of music to effect social change. He campaigned on ecological issues, co-founded a children's oceanic museum, sang at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, and as a supporter of the Tibetan Freedom campaign, performed for the Dalai Lama.
But it was his performance at Woodstock, that made Richie Havens a part of musical history.
Best known for his intense, rhythmic guitar style and soulful covers of pop and folk songs, Havens toured and recorded music for over 40 years, before retiring from the road three years ago.
He died earlier this week, at the age of 72.