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The wordy wordy man (sorry),
This review is from: The Hurdy Gurdy Man (Paperback)
My problem with books is I've got the attention span of .... I often find myself halfway down a page and realise I haven't got a clue what's going on, but I've mentally planned my meal for that evening. So I always see it as a sign of a good book if it keeps me hooked till the end. And The Hurdy Gurdy Man performed brilliantly.
The only problem with this otherwise brilliant book, Is the way Donovan spends too much of the book trying to convince the audience how relevant he is/was and for me he doesn't need to. To a degree, explaining his own importance in British music looks arrogant, but I think it comes more out of paranoia, because of the way he's not been recognised since the 60's as the fantastic musical talent he is. Bizarrely he is almost a figure of ridicule to some.
The truth is Donovan was vital to the sixties musical revolution. Much of his music was truly groundbreaking.
This book is at its best when he reveals what it was like to be at the forefront of that glorious time Britain, culturally and musically.
This being Donovan I feel duty bound to include a Dylan comparison. Because this book is no 'chronicles'... nor does it try to be. It's an honest, personal and intriguing book and definitely worth a read.