Wonderful news. I’ve been a fan of His Royal Bobness since buying his More Greatest Hits Vol. II LP (1971) when I was 14, a mere 44 years ago. How time flies. I’ve seen him perform maybe five or six times, the most memorable being the first time, with my beautiful fiancee when I was about 20, at a huge open-air concert at Blackbushe Aerodrome, in Surrey. 1977 or 1978, I think. Special Snowflake (Laura Bates) and Kate Smurfwaite weren’t even born then. Happy days. We couldn’t have predicted the hell that was to come.
Hatchet-faced feminists will say Joni Mitchell should have won the prize. Ha. Don’t get me wrong, Blue (1971) is a remarkable work, one of my favourite albums of the last half century, but most of her output pales into insignificance compared with Blue or Bob Dylan’s huge canon. And no, that’s not a euphemism.
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