Festival pays fitting tribute to Morrison's magnum opus
Van Morrison's Astral Weeks album recorded in New York in 1968 was virtually dismissed by the critics when first released, but later was recognised as one of rock music's most important records. Its symbolism and mysticism earned Morrison comparison with Bob Dylan at the height of his powers, although the Belfast troubadour has since carved his own important niche in the music business.
Now the era that spawned the album is to be explored at the Belfast Book Festival tomorrow night and a band will then play some of the seminal tracks. This is a fitting tribute to the genius of Morrison and his 50-year-old work of art.