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The Saddest Show in the World

Bob Dylan reportedly said of Richard Manuel once, that he “did a hundred on the drive, and faster on the freeway.” Poor Manuel: like so many others before and so many others since, he doesn’t seem to have had any luck one way or another once his music ran out. He waltzed into the big and colourful world of rock ‘n’ roll, all wide eyes, thumping fingers and baritone, and, eventually, waltzed back out again into oblivion while life under the spotlight carried on exactly as it always had with nary a snag.

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