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Johnny Too Bad: John Martyn

Mark Cooper, 'Love is the Drug' (Penguin), 1994

HE'S A JAZZ MAN, he's a folkie and he's been a drinker. Singer songwriter John Martyn has been most things, apart from commercially acceptable. Now in his twenty-sixth year of recording, the Glaswegian has amassed a huge back catalogue of quality and distinction. He's the ultimate cult artist who can tour anywhere, any time and still draw a reasonable audience.

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