It’s a Gauloise!
I’ve been to three John Martyn concerts over the years: two in Reading and one in Cardiff. The one that sticks in my mind is the Reading University concert in November 1977. I had just arrived at Reading, and was very impressionable.
My best friend and I had heard that John Martyn was great music to get stoned to: so we turned up for the concert and had an amazing evening. The combination of John’s echoplex, Danny Thompson’s bass and the cloud of herbal smoke was a heady combination. I remember someone lighting up what appeared to be a joint next to me – when I gestured for him to pass it to me, he muttered: “It’s a Gauloise”. Afterwards, the student’s union hall where the concert had taken place stank of dope.