The Autobiography of Donovan

The Autobiography of Donovan

The Hurdy Gurdy Man

Book - 2005
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Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312352523
Branch Call Number: 784.54 D719A
Characteristics: xiv, 287 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Sep 19, 2018

(*Hurdy Gurdy Man lyrics excerpt*) - "Down through all eternity.... The crying of humanity."

This lively autobiography, written by Donovan Leitch (aka. "Donovan", aka. the "Hurdy Gurdy Man") is a thoughtful and equally nostalgic look back at the "Psychedelic 60s" when Leitch was certainly sailing high in the sky (at the head of his game) in his productive songwriting career.

Born (1946) in Glasgow, Scotland - Leitch was a self-taught guitarist whose pensive lyrics in the 1965 song "Catch The Wind" proved to be a great influence on both Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

As expected - When the musical tastes of the public started to change significantly with the onset of the 1970s - Leitch's once-promising career began to seriously wane and, sure enough, it inevitably fizzled out.

(*Be sure to watch the "Hurdy Gurdy Man" music-video*)


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