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Another man done gone

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I only heard at the weekend that the great John Martyn died a couple of weeks back. For those not in the know John first made his name in the late 60s folk scene but soon developed his own inimitable style fusing blues, jazz and folk and releasing a string of highly acclaimed albums during the 70s and early 80s. His health suffered in later life due to his prodigious alcohol and cocaine dependence (he claims that in a good binge he’d comfortably see off 3 bottles of single malt)  which resulted in his having half a leg amputated. By all accounts this never dimmed his enthusiasm and charm and there seems to be very few if any negative stories about the big man.

For a flavour of what I consider to be one of Britain’s finest post-war musicains check out this link:

They don’t make them like that anymore and more’s the pity. R.I.P big John, you’ll be sorely missed.


Written by buerthecentaur

February 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

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  1. he was that one-legged folk junkie right?


    February 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm

  2. Songs like “May you never lay your head down (without a hand to hold)” “Solid Air”, “Big Muff” and – especially – “Couldn’t love you more” were beacons in the soundtrack to my transition from boyhood to manhood. Even now, some twenty five years later, listening to Big John’s music transports me to a world of smoky student bedrooms, drinking red wine out of pint glasses and rolling around on a mattress on the floor with some or other girl from Art college. The pops and crackles of my old vinyls are as much a part of the songs as the words and music. Irreplacable. I guess he finally made his bed out in the cold…..


    February 17, 2009 at 5:23 pm

  3. I came across Solid Air only about two years ago via a Gilles Peterson compilation and since then remains the only album I have actually purchased from iTunes.

    Amazing sound and emotion and up there with the greats.



    February 19, 2009 at 11:44 pm

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