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Elliot Tiber Remembers the Late Richie Havens and the 1969 “Woodstock Festival” on Legendary Concert’s 45th Anniversary Year

Elliot Tiber, Real-Life Hero Who Saved Woodstock ’69 from Cancellation, Celebrates Late Folk Singer Richie Havens and the “Freedom” that Stayed with Him After Woodstock (New Memoir this Summer!)

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Nearly forty-five years ago on August 15, 1969, Elliot Tiber found his own life’s freedom just as folk singer Richie Havens sang his song “Freedom” from the stage at the Woodstock Festival.

Havens, who passed away one year ago this coming April 22 – Earth Day – recorded a new version of “Freedom 2009” for director Ang Lee’s fun film of Tiber’s acclaimed memoir Taking Woodstock (click here to hear).

Twenty-five years later, Elliot came to finally know and work with the man who set him free when Havens contributed wonderful onscreen songs and commentary to Tiber’s own Woodstock doc. With the upcoming one-year anniversary of Havens’ passing on April 22, and the 45th anniversary this summer of the original 1969 Woodstock Arts & Music Festival (Aug. 15 – 18), Elliot Tiber can share with your audience his great memories about both Haven and that legendary concert with gratitude, affection, and pride.

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Recognized as a “gay-rights pioneer” by The New York Times, Mr. Tiber’s life story was made into the feature film Taking Woodstock starring Demetri Martin and directed by Life of Pi two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee. His second memoir, a “prequel” to Taking Woodstock titled Palm Trees on the Hudson, has drawn both critical and positive reviews from all who’ve read it.

Tiber, who is based now in the South Beach section of Florida, is putting the finishing touches now on his third (and final) seriocomic memoir, tentatively titled After Woodstock: A True Story of a Belgian Movie, an Israeli Wedding, and a Manhattan Breakdown (due out in early summer).

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