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Faridi McFree

Bio: Faridi McFree was born Frieda Asmar on March 8, 1936 in Hillside, New Jersey. She married Michael Hanft in 1961 and the two purchased a home in Bearsville, New York, a rural suburb of Woodstock. The couple maintained an apartment in New York City as both worked for the William Morris Agency. As a hobby in the 1960s, Faridi refurbished old barns – including the now famous Midnight Ramble barn belonging to Levon Helm. While living in Bearsville, Faridi was also friends with Paul Butterfield, Libby Titus, Bob Dylan, members of The Band, and Bob Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman. In 1972, the Hanfts moved to Santa Monica, California. Michael began work for Merv Griffin and the Mike Douglas Show while Faridi was swept up by the blossoming New Age and Transcendental movements. At the time, their next-door neighbor was Jonathan Taplan, producer of the film The Last Waltz. In 1975, Faridi attended Taplan's wedding, as did Bob Dylan. It was around this time (the exact date is unknown) Faridi worked for the Dylans. Among her duties, perhaps a self-appointed duty, was teaching art to the Dylan children. In 1977, after Bob Dylan divorced his wife, Sara, and Faridi and Michael separated, Faridi moved in with Bob on his farm in Minnesota. The love affair ended later that same year. Faridi spent the next few years in California, promoting her *Healing Art" while working for Herman Rush, CEO of Columbia Pictures Television. Faridi then moved to New York City where she worked for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells at One World Trade Center. In 1982, Doubleday published her book, Celebrate You, featuring Faridi’s artwork, affirmations, and healing techniques. In 1983, Faridi became an Interfaith Minister. She worked with the underprivileged, the terminally ill, and children from broken homes. In 1987, William Morrow published her book, Peace on Earth Begins With You. After a short illness, Faridi McFree passed away on August 25, 2009. *In his 2001 book, Down the Highway: The Life and Times of Bob Dylan, author Howard Sounes writes, “Faridi had invented a concept called Healing Art.”

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