Caught On The Hop

Incredibly it is 20 years since John released his album And. In this article Mark Cooper reviews the album and briefly interviews John.

Caught On The Hop

John Martyn, now label mate with Portishead, has been checking out the Chicago house scene, and revising his wardrobe. Mark Cooper salutes his return to eccentricity.

JOHN MARTYN – AND on Go! Discs
Martyn’s debut for Go! Discs home of Paul Weller, Portishead and Gabrielle.

AndOne of the great maverick stylists of  British music, John Martyn has been out on a limb in recent years, marooned first by some increasingly safe albums for Island in the mid ’80s and then by a deal with Permanent, who appeared to hide everything he recorded. Latterly, he seemed doomed to play out his middle age on an endless circuit of Britain’s town halls and arts centres, raging at his long suffering fans and churning out increasingly perfunctory readings of the likes of May You Never. Fortunately, Martyn’s finally been picked up by a label which fosters home grown talent, and promptly returned his best work in many a moon.

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Volker

volker88It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Volker Bredebusch, promoter, friend and perhaps most of all a massive fan of everything John Martyn!

Volker promoted and tour managed for John in Europe for many years and also recently helped Beverley by organising a tour of Germany. Volker had an infectious enthusiasm, a great sense of humour and an encyclopedic knowledge of music!

He had beaten cancer once but it returned early last year with a vengeance, “life brought another unexpected surprise at the very start of the new year, after a sudden thrombosis in my right leg I couldn’t move and finally at the hospital they found a tumor beside my liver. So after 7 years without, I’ve got the C Blues again, well well well,  I’m with the experts now in Essen and they’re known to be among the best in Germany for this. Let’s see what they can do, I will hold my head up high and keep on moving, hoping the slow train doesn’t come around the bend too soon..”

Volker lost his hard fought battle with cancer on 5th September. Our thoughts are with his family, particularly Jürgen and his ‘almost family’ Ian. Rest in peace Volker.

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Will Young Cover

Will Young has recorded a cover version of John’s classic One World on his new EP entitled Summer Covers. The Beatles and Joni Mitchell also feature.

Wonder what John would make of it?

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Art Tribute

fullerwebThis beautiful four colour silk screen print of a hand drawn tribute to John by Fuller is printed on 410 gsm Somerset satin fine art paper.

Each copy is signed, numbered and stamped by Fuller.

Featuring gold this stunning print reveals new textures under different lighting conditions.

£25 of every print sale is officially donated to

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We Meet The Man Behind The Lens

Brian Cooke – we meet the man behind the lens of some of music’s most iconic images…

Brian CookeHe’s snapped them all, from The Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton. Matt Clark meets York’s top music photographer.

Thirty something years ago four men went to a London pizza parlour to chew over ideas for their client’s new emblem. By the time lunch was over they were in agreement, the scribbling on a paper napkin would be offered to Richard Branson. He loved it’s ‘in your face’ simplicity, attitude and energy. The famous Virgin logo was born.

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Promo Release For The Church With One Bell

Church Promo This new promotional release has been added to the Promo Section.

An Independiente Records full advance release of The Church With One Bell.

Printed plain white record company sleeve with silver inkjet printed CDR.

Produced in very small numbers and released in advance of the album around 1 February 1998.

 

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Solid Air Malt

The Story of Solid Air Malt

Solid Air MaltbI moved to Scotland in the year 2000. At the time my favourite malt whisky was 21 year old Springbank and all things Springbank were alright with me. One of the bottles I bought included an offer to invest in a cask of Springbank. I decided to see if my best friend Andy Miller would be interested in sharing the purchase. Andy and I are friends from school and best man at each other’s wedding etc. Taking account of cost and quantity, we signed up for a 50 Litre (11 gallon) first fill Oloroso sherry cask. The cask was actually filled in May 2001.

Our plan was to see it mature for at least 15 years if not 16, which would coincide with our 60th birthday year and we could then have it bottled for our respective retirements.

In early January 2009, I received a call from the distillery saying that due to the small cask size, an increased rate of evaporation had occurred. The alcohol level (ABV = alcohol by

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