Richie Havens – Indian Rope Man
Recorded in ’68 and released in ’69 on Verve Forecast, Indian Rope Man was written by Richie Havens, an artist perhaps better known as an interpreter of songs. Havens emerged from the Greenwich Village sixties folk scene and onto the world stage through performances at Woodstock and the Isle of White festival. I can’t be the first to describe today’s offering as a slow burner with inherently psychedelic lyrics. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity released a storming funk-rock version of it that same year (as featured on a Diddy Wah mixtape of yore). The Indian rope man was also recast as an African herbsman in 1972 by Bob Marley and Lee Scratch Perry.