A welcome honour for an musician who has never got the full recognition that he should have done. In the early 60s, Donovan suffered from being promoted and marketed as "The British Bob Dylan", which he wasn't and never could be. Now, he is referred to as a "hippy icon". What on earth does that mean? A label that is meaningless beyond the lazy cardboard stereotypes of tabloid journalism - here evident on the BBC website. It relegates an original and substantial song writer to a period curiosity.
The French Ministry of Culture, however, has given him a medal in honour of his outstanding contribution to culture.
A very early song