Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Sunshine Superman - The Journey Of Donovan|
Genres: Action & Adventure, Music Video & Concerts
It would be fairly easy to contend that Donovan is one of the greatest figures in rock history. You could cite his thirteen British hit singles. You could cite his innovative, ingenious and meticulously textured blending o... more »
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Absolutely essential for Donovan fans!!!
Richardson | Sunny California USA | 10/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off ...let me say that unlike the loads of "Unauthorized" documentaries on rock artists appearing on DVD by the truckload....this IS not such...its a legit life story with brilliant interviews and lots and lots of footage! I can't say enough about the absolute wonder that this is...the feature on disc one is 3 hours long! And the second disc has at least a couple hours more! If you are a fan you will be delighted..buy with absolute confidence that this is a legitimate history of Donovan supported by the man himself and he is the central character interviewed throughout!
I need to add I've finally made it through this huge wonder of goodies...wow..music videos, rare performances, recent unreleased video performances of new songs....its as though he took his entire store room of video and history of his life and crammed all the good bits onto these two DVDs..seriously hours of fun...loads of info...and a real interesting look inside the life and career of someone...who is interesting enough to warrant it!"
Star Gazer | Ipswich UK | 10/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For any Donovan fan or person interested in the reality of a rock stars life this beautifully produced DVD is the real thing. It is the classic rags to riches story with meteoric success followed by doubt and disillusion but redeemed by the love and spiritual guidance of his wife Linda.More even than the documentary of a life of pop stardom this is an historical archive which does much to redress the balance of current views of the Sixties and the importance of that time in establishing things such as Green issues that we now take for granted. Whether you are seeking the wonderful music, Sixties reverie or just a great story it is all here and much much more."
Much more than Mellow Yellow
Andrew Boyington | Portland, Maine | 01/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first disc, the actual documentary, is very interesting and most insightful. Donovan is an amazing man with a great, loving heart. You have to respect a man who stands up and speaks, sings, lives his life so completely and honestly.
The second disc is filled with extras; videos made before we called them that, songs from concerts, interviews, short films, wow! Thanks, Donovan! I am going to get as many of Donovan's concerts as I can hunt down. Not only has he made some of the most adventerous music of the sixties and seventies, but he still is with us creating music to help us think and laugh and love. (Check out his "Sutras" album for a great example of his newer music.)"
A Video Auto-biography
E.I.E.I. Owen | Philadelphia, Pa United States | 03/02/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am going to say right off the bat, if you are not a fan of Donovan than please do not buy this set. If you are remotely interested what this set has to offer than rent it. If you want a nice and lengthy look into the career of Donovan than this is for you.
This is a 2 DVD set, the first disc is a 3 hour documentary on the life of 60's folk musician Donovan. It is an interview with the man himself in which he takes you on his "journey" through his life and history as a musician via vinatge performance clips and private films. Other interviews include his wife Linda, his arranger James Cameron, luthier Danny Ferrington and not much else. Unfortunately, some friends of Donovan are no longer with us such as Mickey Most, George Harrison, Keith Moon, Brian Jones, and Gram Parsons. Other contemporaries from the era are conspicuous from the absence, which is a shame; it would have been nice to have Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Danny Thompson, Shawn Philips or John Paul Jones talk about their involvement with Donovan. But then again maybe the blame should be laid at the director's feet. I would think in better hands the story would have been more varied with many different points of view if more of Donovan's contemporaries were interviewed. However, that does not mean it is a bad documentary either. Donovan tells his story like the story teller he is.
People have criticized about how Donovan's pontifical nature is off putting. To me he comes off like a teacher showing those who are interested in him how and what moved him artistically and musically. I have never walked away from any musical documentary and not think the subject had a big ego. You have to have a big ego and a sense of arrogance about yourself in the arts so I was not surprised about some of his posturing.
The second disc contains 2 hours of live performances, the "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" promo film, extended interviews and performances of songs as well as trip into Donovan's archives. While not as elaborate as a certain Canadian with an even bigger ego as Donovan's, it is kind of fun.
If you are a fan of Donovan and music documentaries than this is for you, at 5 hours you are getting your money's worth along with a booklet of liner notes and photos. Be forewarned Donovan is the main man here; you are not going to get any interviews with other musicians from the era which rather narrows the scope of the story. However, that is not really up to me now is it?
Oh by the way, all you people who say that Donovan stole from Bob Dylan well Dylan stole from Woody Guthrie, so there.