Will The Real John Martyn Please Stand Up?

Off The Beaten Track: Will The Real John Martyn Please Stand Up?

HERE were many embarrassing moments in my journalistic career, and some still have the capacity to make me cringe. One such came on a Sunday in 1976, at the July Wakes Festival. It was held at a site named Park Hall, adjacent to Charnock Richard services on the M6, which in the 1980s would become the Camelot theme park before being abandoned in 2012.

I was there to see Bert Jansch and John Martyn, the latter being top of the bill. Surveying the crowd basking in the sunshine (it was one of the hottest summers on record), I saw to my amazement that the bearded Martyn was actually sitting in the crowd on the grass watching whoever was then on stage (possibly Five Hand Reel). I wasted no time in approaching him, identifying myself and asking if he was up for an interview.

He looked a bit reluctant but said OK, so I engaged in an anodyne conversation to loosen him up before coming in with some killer questions. I was surprised how boring he seemed, but was nevertheless excited to be speaking to a living legend. After a few difficult minutes, I said: ‘And what time are you on, John?’

‘On what?’ came the reply. ‘And why are you calling me John? My name is Clive.’

He wasn’t John Martyn, of course, just a bloke with a beard. And when the real JM took to the stage, I realised they didn’t look like each other at all.

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John And Beverley Vinyl Reissues

 

 

 

 

 

John and Beverley’s classic albums Stormbringer! and The Road To Ruin are to be reissued on top quality vinyl by Caroline International. Both are straight forward reissues of the original albums and artwork without any additions on freshly pressed top quality vinyl.

Release date is 28 September 2018 and both are available now to pre-order Stormbringer! and The Road To Ruin 

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Plays Well With Others

Phil Collins is to release a career spanning box set entitled Plays Well With Others on 28 September 2018 that includes his collaborations with a host of artists including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant and of course John Martyn.

The 4CD set includes 59 songs, 5 of which are collaborations with John; Sweet Little Mystery, Could’ve Been Me, Ways To Cry, Suzanne and Can’t Turn Back The Years.

“Some would say I’ve lived a charmed life. I’ve done what I wanted for most of it, and got paid well for doing something I’d have done for nothing,” Collins notes in a press release for the set. “Playing the drums. During that time I’ve played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends. Over these four CDs you’ll find a mere smattering of those moments. I thank the artists for letting me put this CD together, no easy task!”

Full track listing and pre-order here.

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Discography Update

A major update with many new old releases added to the discography for all you collectors of everything John!

The Promotional section has expanded considerably and we are still working our way through more! If you know of a release that doesn’t appear on the website or spot one we’ve missed, then please send us an email with all the details so that we can gather them together, happy collecting!

 

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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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Gavin Clark

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of the incredibly talented Gavin Clark.

On Monday 16th February in the morning, Gavin Clark shockingly passed away at the age of 46. A peerless songwriter and poet, Gavin is infamous for his work with Sunhouse and Clayhill, and had collaborated heavily with UNKLE. He is also much loved for his musical collaboration with visual director Shane Meadows on films such as Somers Town and This Is England, plus the recent live re-scoring of Dead Man’s Shoes.

Gavin and Ted Barnes recorded Over The Hill for the Johnny Boy Would Love This tribute album.

Gavin’s family announced on facebook, “We are heartbroken and so sad to have lost him. As a family we scattered his ashes at this, his favourite beach in Devon last weekend.

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