Richie Havens Sings Dylan

richie-havens-dimaggio-eTo all the ships at sea,

 

I went to the gym today and while I was on the elliptical, I decided to listen to my old friend Richie Havens. Richie and I went back a long, long way and in the download there was an album of Richie’s that I’ve never heard!  It was Richie singing all Bob Dylan songs. Pretty amazing. One of those songs was “The Times They Are A-Changin'” and he put a little twist on it- the lyrics were never touched, but it was Richie’s. Then I thought about Bob winning the nobel prize for literature and the more you get in into it, the more you realize what a genius Dylan was and still is. You also realize how timely the music is in 2016. It’s amazing, totally amazing!

“The Times They Are A-Changin'”

“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'”

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Dylan DiMaggio and Richie Havens © JoAnne Kalish

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Joe DiMaggio and Richie Havens © JoAnne Kalish

JoAnne and Richie

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

To all the ships at sea, I remember the first time that JoAnne photographed Richie Havens at a great club called My Father’s Place. What was so outrageously cool about clubs like that is that you could be literally five feet from a superstar. So for the cost of a beer, a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee, life was great; at least before the no photograph rules. I remember I was so jealous; I was in California and she was with Richie. Richie invited JoAnne and her friend into the dressing room, signed some autographs, and was just plain Richie, which means he was just a great guy with a  great attitude; never a prima donna. Super voice and super guitar.

Dylan and Havens

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

To all the ships at sea, there are certain consistencies or better we call them truths in life. For me, one of these truths is to always to seek the advice of the elder of the village. I presume that this has been the way of the world from time immemorial, and here you see Dylan Michael communicating with our dear friend Richie Havens, discussing whether to use a pick or not. I think the conversation progressed to lyrics and Woodstock; I was personally not privileged to the conversation. I made the photo and moved on. There is one thing that never ceases to amaze me; how important photography is in all of our lives. I totally forgot about this photo, but while doing some research on Pete Seeger, I stumbled across Dylan with Richie. Canon F1, Fujichrome, about 1/90, bounce flash, 50mm lens. Pick an aperture; I don’t remember.  Sing in peace, Richie. You’re probably sitting on a solid gold stool. Great times of our lives, suspended in photography.

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To Young…Sing in Peace

To All The Ships At Sea

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This is extremely difficult for me to write. We have been photographing Richie Haven’s on and off over the years for a long time. We stopped counting the number of concerts a long time ago. Richie on stage was one of the greatest performers of our time.  Back stage he was a just a regular guy.  The last time he called me he asked permission to use three of my photos in a new book.  I will have a follow up blog and a tribute to Richie in a few months.   Sing in Peace Brother…

I spoke with a NASA scientist a few years back and we were discussing radio telescopes and he explained to me that a note played or sung will go on for infinity so I know Richie’s music will continue on…

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