Donovan magically on tour again


#1

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#2

It’s hard to believe that his “Well Known Has-Been” you was in 1976, when he was “only” 30.

That was the only time I saw him, he came to town as part of a concert series around the time of the 1976 Olympics here in Montreal.

Now that I think about it, the concert was at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, which had been the site of the “Bed-In” in 1969.


#3

Season of the Witch! Awesomely awesome!


#4

Beatniks out to make it rich. Prescient!


#5

Season of the Witch is timeless, though my favorite may be Catch the Wind;

I want to hide a while behind your smile
And everywhere I’d look your eyes I’d find

Then, of course, there’s Hurdy Gurdy Man.


#6

Quite rightly


#7

Can’t think of the guy without thinking about what a shit heel he was to his kids. Apparently taking care of your offspring really harshes your mellow.


#8

Huh, details? What happened?


#9

He also had a couple of songs about sex with underage girls. I double-dog dare him to sing these while on tour.


#10

Just look at it!


#11

Basically he abandoned his infant son and unborn daughter. Ione Skye is the daughter, you can find more detail online.


#12

My wife and I saw Donovan and Pink Floyd in the same night, when we were teenagers.


#13

Does “retrospective tour” possibly mean “nursing home fund”?


#14

I liked Sunshine Superman because he mentioned my favorite super hero, Green Lantern.


#15

My exposure to Donovan largely comes from 2 TV sources.

  1. Taxi: Reverend Jim discusses his life on a commune, where drug use was so prevalent that someone tried to plant a chicken. Jim was traded to another community in exchange for a Donovan album.

  2. Futurama: Donovan was one of many celebrities saved from the sinking of the city of Atlanta (while “Atlantis” is playing in the background)


#16

God I love Donovan. I have listened to his music over and over again. It holds up so well and yet it is firmly of its age. I love the dream quality. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the plucky deep guitar. My favorite is The Retired Writer in the Sun:


#17

Huge fan. Really great stuff, touching so much human experience. Some touching and profound. Here’s a fun silly one.


#18

According to the legends, two or three of the musicians on Hurdy Gurdy Man later formed Led Zepplin. (John Bonham, John Paul Jones &/or Jimmy Page.)


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