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Declan Lynch: Why future generations shall not doubt Van the Majestic

We need to take the long view on the Belfast musician, the greatest of them all, writes Declan Lynch

Published 10/01/2010 | 05:00

This article will be read in 100 years' time. Which seems like a bold statement, but is actually a straightforward statement of fact.

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It will be read in 100 years' time simply because it is about Van Morrison, and it is being written at a troubled time in his life.

There can be no doubt that writers and academics and researchers of all kinds seeking answers to the mystery that is Van will be leafing though the national newspapers of January 2010 to help them with their enquiries into this period. And the reason they will be enquiring in the first place, is that it should be clearly established by then, that in the unlikely event that someone greater will arrive in this century, Van Morrison is the greatest artist of any kind to emerge from this island.

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