Posted in music | tour dates on June 21, 2012

Donovan

Donovan will be in the Northeast US this weekend for Syracuse Jazz Fest, but before he makes his way upstate, he'll stop in NYC for a free performance and autograph signing at J&R's 23 Park Row location at 5 PM.

Donovan, who has been creating great folk, pop, and psychedelia since the mid-'60s, was inducted into the Rock N roll Hall of Fame this year. Here's what he had to say about it:

I suppose that it is a bit like an Academy Award, as one is awarded by one's peers. It is wonderful. Of all the awards that I have received in my career, this one is very, very singular and very, very large. It is quite pleasant, really. It will focus a searchlight on my work.

I love awards just for that reason; this one is huge. When my work is highlighted, then a younger generation will discover my work. When the word "Donovan" is Googled then twenty seven albums will appear for them to discover. This is an extraordinary thing because the young people will be able to discover my music. My mission has always been to continually be of assistance to young people everywhere. My music and my poetry are filled with stuff that they can use. This award has double meaning as it has a very personal feeling attached to it, as well as being a great honor to my work.

There is poetic justice to it all, as well. My work will be reevaluated by a whole new generation and they'll find in it comfort that they can use. Whether they are musicians, students or just young people in general, my work is positive and I am so glad that they will be exposed to it.

In honor of the induction, he released an expanded edition of Essential Donovan, with bonus tracks. He also plans to release his "vast and rediscovered archive" with "many songs [he] forgot [he] wrote or recorded." Stay tuned for more info on that.

A list of all dates and some videos below...

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Donovan - "Sunshine Superman"

Donovan - "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"

Donovan - "Mellow Yellow"

Donovan -- 2012 Tour Dates
6/22 J&R 23 Park Row New York, NY
6/23 Syracuse Jazz Festival Syracuse, NY
7/29 Faerieworlds Festival Eugene, OR

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Comments (16)

I'm psyched for this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:09 PM

hurdy gurdy man is one of the ddpest songs EVER recorded. it kills.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:37 PM

make that 'deepest' songs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:38 PM

I want his son to sign my dick

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:53 PM

Donovan is underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 2:15 PM

^ underrated, yet the story talks about him being inducted into the rock n roll hall of fame. that makes sense. can everyone stop saying that anyone they like who isn't the beatles was underrated? it's getting a bit annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 2:33 PM

the cuse is in the house!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 2:54 PM

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn't mean shit. If you say Donovan to the average joe or even someone who knows music he will say, "you mean that Dylan rip-off"?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 3:04 PM

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn't mean shit. - AGREED
If you say Donovan to the average joe or even someone who knows music he will say, "you mean that Dylan rip-off"? - STOP TALKING TO SHITHEADS.

Non-acceptance by shitheads doesn't equal 'underrated'.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 3:08 PM

I really hope he adds more tour dates soon

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 3:47 PM

Donovan, he's so underrated right now...Donovan

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 5:35 PM

"The last time I saw this face was July 4th, 1969. I'm sure that's the man who shot me."

Brilliant use of a song at the end of a movie.

Posted by D | June 21, 2012 11:25 PM

Donovan is lame and while I won't claim he is a Dylan rip-off I certainly see why someone would say that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2012 3:33 PM

Donovan is an original gangsta (O.G.) of the hummus scene.
He deserves your respect.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2012 3:40 PM

@anonymous: tp call Donovan Leitch "lame" is extremely ignorant. Try delving into his work beyond what makes it to radio.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:00 PM

nice of him to sign autographs.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 4:55 PM

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