When Donovan first met Bob Dylan in London in May, they sat around playing each other songs. Dylan in particular like Donovan’s “Catch the Wind,” and the two became friends. Dylan introduced Donovan to the Beatles, with whom he also became tight.
Donovan also became friendly with Joan Baez, whose romance with Dylan was reaching its painful end. Dylan had passively-aggressively invited her to accompany him during his spring tour of England, but then pointedly declined to invite her onstage to perform with him. Dylan still kept his blossoming affair with Sara Lownds hidden from Baez, but grew increasingly cold to her. Baez took some solace in Donovan’s arms and he accompanied her to Vietnam War protests.
15. Faithfull, Faithfull, 50.
16. Leitch, The Autobiography of Donovan, 81.