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Donovan: Hurdy Gurdy Man Rolls Into Town

Live Review by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, October 1971

TWO THINGS I found quite interesting at the Donovan Concert last Monday night. First, the Humble Minstrel of psychedelic folk music seems to be running ...


Donovan (2005)

Interview by Joel Selvin, Selvin On The City, KSAN 107.7, 2005

Mr Leitch looks back at his 40 years in music, from scoring hash in Goodge Street to recording with Rick Rubin, via Alice Cooper, Linda Lawrence and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 35.1mb Interview length: 38' 19"; Sound quality: ****


The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 April 1965


Donovan: I'll Quit After Two More Years

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 April 1965

GIPSY DAVE sat in Donovan's dressing room playing a strange instrument – a leg off a Queen Anne chair strung with one guitar string. ...

Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home

Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, 15 May 1965

DONOVAN REVIEWS NEW DYLAN ALBUM! RM Exclusive by Richard Green ...

In The Shadow of Dylan

Interview by Dawn James, Rave, June 1965

Mention the name Donovan and someone, somewhere will whisper — 'Dylan'. For wherever he goes, whatever he sings or writes about, Don is haunted by ...

Donovan Gambles On Anti-war Song About Vietnam

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 2 July 1965

DONOVAN doesn't wear his faded denim cap any more. But this isn't the only change in the life of the young curly-headed folk singer whose ...

Hollywood Not So Hot — say Donovan and Baez!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 July 1965

"I WASN'T exactly knocked out with it, man," said Donovan, having "done" Hollywood and in the process of "doing" a large plateful of ravioli in ...

It's School-Marm Joan Baez Now!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 August 1965

JOAN BAEZ has turned school-marm. In a Californian town she has started an unusual "School For Non-Violence", where children turn up to sit in silence. ...

The Byrds, Donovan, Kenny Lynch et al: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 August 1965

Byrds' Weak Stage Act ...

Why Do Hotels Ban Pop Stars?

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Disc Weekly, 4 September 1965

WHY DO pop stars get banned from hotels? ...

The Year That Folk Moved In

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1965

BOB DYLAN – the undisputed King of Folk. He causes as much controversy personally as do his records. ...

Fun, Work Behind The Cameras At Filming of 2nd T.A.M.I. Show

Report by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, 25 December 1965

A COUPLE OF weeks ago The BEAT took you behind the scenes of a recording session to show you that it was not so easy ...

Donovan: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 January 1967

At new Wimbledon home DONOVAN talks about shape of things to come ...

Donovan: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 21 January 1967

THAT THERE is still room for audacious youth in 1967 is a good sign. Donovan is an audacious youth, and in the vast monument to ...

Platter Chatter: Albums from The Beatles, Donovan, Ravi Shankar et al

Review by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, February 1967

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, Donovan's first big "commercial" success, is a
beautiful, poetic, soothing, soaring, lyrical, rhythmic, groovy experience. ...

Beatle Blind Date: Paul McCartney reviews the new pop singles

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 25 February 1967

LEE DORSEY: 'Rain Rain Go Away' (Stateside) Lee Dorsey. It's in the same old vein and it'll be a hit. Sometimes I wonder if he ...

New albums from Donovan, Jefferson Airplane, more

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 26 February 1967

MELLOW YELLOW The Provocative Donovan ...

This Is Where It's At

Column by Mike Grant, Rave, March 1967

RAVE man Mike Grant is here again with more gossip on your favourite stars! ...

Donovan: All Is Friendly

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 March 1967

WHENEVER returning from interviewing Donovan these days I feel that I've been the subject of a Sunday School treat. He surrounds himself with such nice ...

Donovan: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, 29 April 1967


Donovan: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 29 April 1967


Donovan: "I Remember Donovan... And It Makes Me Feel Good!"

Interview by Keith Altham, Flip, August 1967

DONOVAN HAS achieved something that at one time I would have thought impossible — he has emerged from 'The Scream Age' into 'The Ear Age' ...

Various Artists: Seventh National Jazz And Blues Festival, Windsor

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 19 August 1967

I've got those Seventh National Jazz And Blues Festival blues ...

Cream/Donovan: The Cream Set Records in Detroit

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, October 1967

LAST WEEKEND about 4,500 kids proved that Detroit knows good contemporary music. ...

The West Coast And Hippieland

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 6 October 1967

BACK FROM two weeks in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Back to Detroit where the man on the street still gets uptight seeing long-haired, bearded ...

Cream: Grande Ballroom; Donovan, Janis Ian: Masonic Auditorium, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 17 October 1967

Reviews of Detroit's Big Pop Weekend ...

Donovan: "I Don't Need Drugs for Strength"

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 17 November 1967


Your Guide to the Week's New Singles: The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Cream et al

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 25 May 1968

THE ROLLING STONES: 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'; 'Child Of The Moon' (Decca F 12 782). Back to their famous rhythm and blues oriented sound here from the ...

A Poet He Is, But The Messiah? Not Donovan

Report by Loraine Alterman, GO, 8 November 1968

GLASGOW'S GENTLEST son, Donovan, breezed into the Plaza Nine Room at New York's famous Plaza Hotel for a press conference. Wearing lavender trousers, a blue ...

Donovan: 'I Put Myself Into My Music'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Summer Special, Summer 1968

Donovan is the gentle giant in the pop world. He is largely responsible for shattering the conventional image of the folk singer satirized so beautifully ...

Donovan: The Wind Rises And The Tide Goes Out

Interview by Keith Altham, Hit Parader, January 1969

AT THE OFFICE, off Berkeley Square, of "international" Beatles press officer Tony Barrow, they were organizing "instant" interviews with Donovan. Like most writers I have ...

Blind Faith, Richie Havens, Donovan, Edgar Broughton Band, The Third Ear Band: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 14 June 1969

Following Blind Faith to the shores of a lake ...

Blind Faith: A Fine Day

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, Village Voice, The, 19 June 1969

LONDON — take a sheet of thin cardboard. Sprinkle iron filings on top. Place a magnet underneath. All the filings will start and shift, and ...

The Rolling Stones, Plastic Ono Band et al: New Singles

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 5 July 1969

ROLLING STONES: 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (Decca). An important single for the Stones, but a disappointment for us . ...

Poet-Minstrel Donovan Plays At Hollywood Bowl

Live Review by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, 30 September 1969

EVERY YEAR at this time Donovan Leitch seats himself beatifically on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, plays the gentle poet/minstrel from another time and ...

Donovan: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, 18 October 1969

Garden (Madison Sq.) Is Ideal For the Ever-Florid Donovan ...

Donovan (Cocktails)

Report and Interview by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 20 October 1969

OURS IS AN age of reluctant ambivalence. The impact of the new is devastatingly real, but the clinging corpse of what has been and what ...

Donovan: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, 13 December 1969

EVENINGS WITH Donovan just aren't the same any more. In the days of yore, there were always stage attempts to shroud Donovan in the mystery ...

Donovan: Meditation Is Like A Miracle Cure

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, 3 January 1970

IT IS A FAR CRY from 'Catch The Wind' to songs like 'Winking Blinking and Nod' or 'A Poke At The Pope' but then Donovan ...

Donovan: Portrait Of The Artist As A Desert Rat

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

– a small, furry, herbivorous animal, which possesses the happy knack of elusiveness. Just like DONOVAN, in fact, who's so elusive that even CHRIS SALEWICZ ...

Donovan: 7-Tease

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

NOW THE FACTS are these: 7-Tease is a concept album; 7-Tease is a massive made-in-Nashville production; 7-Tease is also The Album Of The Stage Show. ...

Singles from Elton John, David Bowie et al

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 1 March 1975

Elton gets lost ...

Donovan: Flower Child's Second Bloom

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 7 August 1976

FEW ARTISTS evoke memories of the Sixties as much as Donovan who, even in this enlightened age, still clings resolutely to the styles that developed ...

Donovan: The Graying of Mellow Yellow

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 1987

Donovan admits he feels a little creepy at his ritzy hotel gig ...

Donovan: Wordy Gurdy Man

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 24 November 1990

IT'S BIN A long time comin'. Twenty-five years since his first Top 20 hit ('Catch The Wind' in '65) and over 20 since his last ...

Donovan: Sunshine Superman/Mellow Yellow/The Hurdy Gurdy Man/Barabajagal

Review by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, January 1995

HOW WAS IT that our "Celtic" hippie friend put it to Queen magazine in 1967? Oh, yes: "Pop is the perfect religious vehicle. It's as ...

Donovan: Sutras

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1996

Donovan’s comeback album, produced by bearded eccentric Rick Rubin, owner of American Records and the man behind The Beastie Boys, Slayer and Johnny Cash’s acclaimed ...

I Ask The Questions: Donovan

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Mail On Sunday, 1996

THE CURLY hair’s still there, the elfin face, incense wafts about the room, but there is something amiss. That’s it: Donovan is wearing a suit. ...

Mike Ross-Trevor: "Are We Rolling?"

Interview by Paul Gorman, Word, The, May 2004

In forty years of recording everyone from Dylan and Hendrix to Abba and Lena Zavaroni, a studio engineer sees a lot of strange things. ...


Retrospective and Interview by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, January 2005

MID JULY 2004. In the dark-wooded, rich red subterranea of San Francisco's Cafe du Nord a song is building off little more than a two-chord ...

Donovan: Beat Café

Review by j. poet, Paste, 18 January 2005

CERTAIN TRACKS on Beat Cafe sound like they could be outtakes from Donovan's 1967 album Mellow Yellow, but I'll let you decide if that's a ...


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