Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages

John Martyn

John Martyn

FREE!

Up To Date With John Martyn

Interview by Andy Childs, ZigZag, March 1977

ONLY SIX WEEKS or so gone, and already it looks as if 1977 is going to be a cracker of a year for rock music! ...

John Martyn: Mad Dog Days

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

Two-CD set of mainly live jazz-folk genius from the early ‘70s to the mid-‘90s, with bonus DVD interview from last year. ...

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Is John Martyn Still A Folk Singer Or Not?

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, February 1970

THIS IS A TOTALLY irrelevant question, and one which I'm glad I didn't bother to ask. For in this age of musical categories, John draws ...

John And Beverley Martyn

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, May 1970

JOE BOYD has been responsible for bringing to our attention a number of brilliant musicians. People don't talk much about 'discovering' artists these days, but ...

John Martyn: The Stormbringer Comes Into The Sun

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, July 1973

"Love me with your head and heart.Love me from the place it starts;Love me from your head and heart.Love me like a child." ...

Fire And Water: The Elemental, Avant-Garde John Martyn

Comment by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, December 1973

1967: "SO THERE I WAS on this barge on the river wearing nothing but denims and a smile…" so runs the sleeve note on London ...

Talking with John Martyn

Interview by Andy Childs, ZigZag, April 1974

BARD BON-VIVEUR BULLSHITTER DOPER ENTERTAINER EXPLORER GUITARIST HERO HOBO LEGEND LOVER MINSTREL MUSICIAN PATHFINDER PERFORMER PICKER PIONEER PISSARTIST PLAYER POET RACONTEUR RAMBLER RHYMER ROMANCER SINGER ...

John Martyn: Sunday's Child

Review by Andy Childs, ZigZag, March 1975

FOR ME, THE release of a new John Martyn album is always among the most noteworthy events of the year. ...

John Martyn: Blood, Sweat And Cheers

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

JOHN MARTYN rivets attention performing. You'd be wrong in assuming that just because he's one-man-with-a-guitar he doesn't make every crevice of the stage swing. ...

John Martyn: This Man Is A Walking, Playing Bag of His Own

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1977

"ACTUALLY," ADMITS John Martyn, as he gives in to one of the great groundswells of spluttering, infectious laughter that carry along his speech, "I see ...

John Martyn: One World (Island)

Review by Steven X Rea, Crawdaddy!, April 1978

JOHN MARTYN'S music is a blur of blues and jazz and rock: Bessie Smith's emotiveness, Hoagy Carmichael's mellowness, Skip James' growl and bellow, and Martyn's ...

John Martyn: London School of Economics, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, November 1978

YOU DON'T need me at all – you know what happened, what will happen. ...

John Martyn: Martyn's Identity Papers

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, December 1980

ACCORDING to the official biog, John Martyn was born in New Malden, Surrey, but was brought up for the first 15 years of his life ...

Johnny Done Badly

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, October 1981

DRINKING CHAMPAGNE and orange juice, a belated present for his 33rd birthday two days previously, the bright-faced John Martyn flails every way about his end ...

John Martyn: Well Kept Secret

Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, September 1982

I LIVE WITH THE constant nagging worry that my house will soon burn down. ...

Sunday's Child Tame 'n' Tired

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, October 1982

John Martyn: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

John Martyn: Tha Man Who Put The Sap In Sapphire

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, December 1984

COSMIC JOHN MARTYN at the Dominion a fortnight ago was the first time I’d seen this beer-swilling beat hippie since I snuck in the back ...

John Martyn: Piece By Piece

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, March 1986

ONLY A HEARTLESS bastard would knock old John. I mean. 20 years of love-drugged poetry, dedicated to ideal earth mothers, cossetted in an Arcadian atmosphere ...

John Martyn: Same Again?

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1990

Sober, wiser, more than a little weather-beaten, John Martyn hassurvived 20 turbulent booze-fuelled years pursuing a romantic image ofthe lone folk troubadour. But the "rebel ...

Johnny Too Bad: John Martyn

Book Excerpt by 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 ...

John Martyn: The Boy Can't Help It

Interview by Nick Coleman, MOJO, October 1994

Rambunctious loons, Soave-swilling romantics, tireless anarchists, people who fill baths with dead fish, all detect in him some sort of kindred spirit. John Martyn by ...

John Martyn: And

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, August 1996

ONE OF THE GREAT maverick stylists of British music, John Martyn has been out on a limb in recent years, marooned first by some increasingly ...

John Martyn: And

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1996

HE MAY be 30 years "in the business", 25 albums down the line, and possessed of all the fans his idiosyncratic body of work is ...

John Martyn: Emotional Rescue

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2000

DAVID STUBBS SWOONS OVER THAT POIGNANT PRECURSOR OF TRIP HOP, JOHN MARTYN'S SOLID AIR ...

Sister Bliss & John Martyn

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, February 2001

SHE'S THE FIRST LADY OF HOUSE, HE'S A LIVING FOLK LEGEND. SHE LIKES GOSPEL, HE LIKES JUNGLE. THEY ARE THE ODD COUPLE AND THEY'RE TAKING ...

John Martyn: The Lowry, Salford

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, May 2004

IF JOHN MARTYN hadn't become a folk/blues/rock legend, he could have knocked out a career as a mimic. At one point, he perfectly impersonates Alf ...

The Gentlest Circus: One World

Sleevenotes by Daryl Easlea, Universal/Island Records, Fall 2004

YOU WOULD THINK one of the last characters to survive the supposed punk rock cull of 1976/77 would be John Martyn. To outsiders, he was ...

John Martyn

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, July 2006

THERE AREN'T too many singers who've been shot, stabbed, burst their pancreas, and had their right leg amputated at the knee. Fewer still whose career ...

John Martyn: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, September 2006

"Burble burble burble... President Bush... flffle mffle wffle... 'kin 'ell... urgle wurgle gurgle... I'm trouble too! Heheheheheh..." ...

John Martyn

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, August 2008

All my life I've thought of you as Scottish but you were actually born in England weren't you? ...

see also John and Beverley Martyn

back to LIBRARY

COPYRIGHT NOTICE