Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Donovan. Donovan is someone who I think has been really under-appreciated in the music world. When you listen to his music (more specifically his later stuff), it just doesn’t sound like anyone else’s. Obviously he started out as the ‘Scottish Bob Dylan’ (and many saw him as a pale imitation of Dylan, in fact), but as his career progressed, he added more psychedelic and world music influences, and with his backing band of John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and the Jeff Beck Group, he added a hard-rock element that makes his songs still sound fresh today.
Some of my favorite Donovan songs are: “Barabajagal”, “Colours” (original version), “Superlungs”, “Hurdy Gurdy Man”, “Sunshine Superman”, “Happiness Runs”, “Epistle to Dippy”, and “Season of the Witch.”
My ultimate favorite Donovan song, and perhaps one of my favorite songs of all time is “Wear Your Love Like Heaven.” Pure genius.
-Edie & Bob Neuwirth, Bob Dylan’s best friend in the 60s
I have re-visited my Edie Sedgwick obsession after renting “Factory Girl” (starring Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, and Hayden Christensen). Seeing the movie also got me back into my Bob Dylan obsession (Hayden plays a Bob Dylanesque character in the film).
Is there a greater rock documentary than “Don’t Look Back”? Well, maybe a few come close, but to have such an intimate and personal look at Dylan during the that time period is amazing, especially because Dylan is such a typically mysterious and private person–it’s really a treat to see him at his creative peak and open himself up to the viewer.
It’s also fascinating to see how he interacts with clueless journalists, teenybopper fans, old rich ladies, Joan Baez (who he was ending a relationship with during the filming), Alan Price (of the Animals), Bob Neuwirth (his partner in crime), Marianne Faithfull (who he was trying to hook up with), and especially Donovan (who had just been dubbed ‘the new Dylan’ by the British Press). Anyway, if you haven’t seen the film, you should. It’s brilliant.