In the three months since Donovan received the news that he
will beinducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has stepped
up his activity in front of the film, TV and music industries. He
performed at the Sundance Film Festival, made numerous
private performances for music supervisors and delivered a sold-out
chat and performance at L.A.'s Grammy Museum.
"Good Day L.A.," the morning show of the Los Angeles' FOX
affiliate, devoted daily segments to Donovan during the last week
of March, culminating in a live performance on March 30. Next
up is the induction ceremony on April 14, which will be followed by
Sony Legacy's release of "The Essential Donovan" on April 17. HBO
will air the Hall of Fame ceremony/concert on May 5.
In an interview held at his daughter's home in the Hollywood
Hills, Donovan spelled out his plan for the Rock Hall concert.
"'Sunshine Superman', I cannot not play, but I would like to
preface it with an acoustic song, probably 'Catch the Wind.' We'll
follow with 'Season of the Witch.' It looks like Jim James of My
Morning Jacket (will join in). We played together at Radio City for
the meditation concert and I got on really well with him so I will
have the younger generation there."
The meditation concert he referred to was held in 2009 for the
David Lynch Foundation that funds the teaching of Transcendental
Meditation for school-age children. Donovan, who turns 65 in May,
has been an avid supporter of the Lynch Foundation, contributing a
track last year to "Download For Good: Music That Changes The
World." A copy of the CD was on the coffee table so our
conversation, which would touch on poets from the 18th
century up through the Beat Generation, Bob Dylan and his last
studio album, the underrated 2004 release "Beat Café," began with
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