At a festival question-and-answer session, Donovan told how George Harrison suffered stiff knees while learning the sitar. He even sang an unrecorded verse of “Hurdy Gurdy Man” written by his old Beatle chum. He talked about leaving a private audience with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as the Grateful Dead were walking in and how he first heard the sitar music of Ravi Shankar during a wild night out.

Donovan waxes nostalgic about his early years. My dad occasionally waxes nostalgic about Donovan’s early years too – he used to beat him up as a kindergartner in 1950s Glasgow. When I asked why, he would shrug and say, “his name was Donovan Leitch,” as if it was self-explanatory. I suppose in 1950s Glasgow, it was…

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