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Van Morrison

David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

ON THE WALL OF HIS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA home, a note announces to friends and visitors that "Van Morrison the person only sometimes has anything to do with Van Morrison the name." To which it might be added that the art he has so painfully bled from the Cyprus Avenues of his life has similar slight regard for attachments of celebrity. A Belfast visionary with the guiding motto of "It's too late to stop now!" Morrison admits to no master but his own fiery instincts, the erratics of brilliance and ecstasy combined into one of the most psychically arresting performers of our time.

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