The Autobiography of Donovan, the Hurdy Gurdy Man
NY, St. Martin's, (2005). The autobiography of the folk singer who, in the 1960s, was said to be the British answer to Bob Dylan. Signed by the author. Donovan -- he was known by the one name -- wrote some of the most popular and memorable songs of the 1960s, and was friends with the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Dylan, and others, including Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. Donovan wrote some of the lyrics for the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine"; he is credited with originating "Celtic rock"; and he was the first Western musician to play a sitar in a rock concert. After becoming a world-famous celebrity, he turned his back on the music industry and essentially disappeared from public view for nearly four decades. The publication of this book coincided with the issuing, on CD, of a career retrospective box set of music and videos. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#031494] $250

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