I wanted to write and say a huge thank-you to Goldmine for the great articles on Donovan and Steppenwolf (#737, Oct. 24,
2008) … two of my favorites acts from the 1960s… actually, two of my favorites of all time!
I recently ordered the Donovan DVD, and it is terrific! Donovan should be very proud of himself and all that he has accomplished
in his lifetime and all the phenomenal and magical music he has given to the world. For him to assume an “aw, shucks”
demeanor would be not only unrealistic, it would also be downright absurd!
To all Steppenwolf fans… if you have yet to read John Kay’s autobiography, “Magic Carpet Ride,”
I highly recommend you read it. John Kay has had quite an amazing life, and their music has stood the test of time.
Also, to T.J. Tjernlund of Las Vegas, I wholeheartedly agree that these bands, The Zombies, Chad and Jeremy and Peter and
Gordon have lost nothing over the years. I still have yet to see Chad and Jeremy in a live show, but I saw Peter and Gordon
and The Zombies at the benefit concert for Mike Smith at the B.B. King Club in New York in 2005, and it was definitely a night
The entire audience was floored by Peter and Gordon’s stellar performance. And the Zombies, although late through
no fault of their own, gave a great performance as well. They had been involved in a mishap with their plane, and David Letterman
was kind enough to dispatch a plane to get them to the venue in time for them to give two shows.
I am looking forward to Part Two of the interview with Donovan.
— Polly Williams