We all know of the great innovations in popular music propagated by one Donovan Philips Leitch. But how best to document them? Given that this is The Afterword, the answer immediately presented itself – a list!
(He is pictured here inventing Phil Lynott’s moustache)
The Beatles (taught John and Paul the clawhammer fingerpicking technique while in India, thus inventing the White Album, and also contributing “sky of blue, sea of green” to Yellow Submarine)
Jimi Hendrix (supposedly picked him up at Heathrow in 1966)
Heavy Metal (members of Led Zeppelin and the Jeff Beck Group played on Hurdy Gurdy Man and Barabajagal)
Southern rock/jam bands (The Allman Brothers’ Mountain Jam was based around Donovan’s There Is A Mountain)
Elvis Costello (vibrato!)
Celebrity drug busts (he was nabbed by Pilcher of The Yard in 1966, before the Stones AND The Beatles, he’ll have you know, thank you very much)
Multi-media shows (at a concert at the RAH in 1967 he had a ballerina dance while he sang ‘Golden Apples’)
Celtic rock (the Open Road album in 1970)
Getting it together in the country (he bought the island of Clett in the Hebrides, planning to turn it into a free love commune, also inventing free love in the process)
Psych-pop (any of his recordings between 1966 and 1969)
Can anybody think of any more?