The Great Musicians: John Martyn

Tony Bacon
The History of Rock #29 (vol 3)

Rolling Stone magazine described John Martyn's music as 'jazz-tinged pop-folk', neatly encapsulating the problems that Martyn poses for ardent music categorisers and critics who always seem to flounder when faced with such an original musician. There has been a jazz element in John Martyn's music ever since his second album, The Tumbler (1968); the folk element is even older and more deeply entrenched; and such a loose, all-embracing term as pop could just about be applied to anything he has done since the late Sixties.


Hugh Fielder

JOHN MARTYN's well-kept secrets unlocked by HUGH FIELDER

"SO SOUNDS think I'm an old hippy do they?" muses John Martyn as we stand in the hotel lobby waiting for the limo (the manager's estate car actually) to whisk us nearly 100 yards to the gig at Durham University 1. Well, it's raining and he'll get his track suit wet otherwise. "Nooo, that was all too wishy washy. I always wanted to be a beatnik. That seemed to have much more sparkle about it."

London, Dominion, 23 Oct 1982

25 Oct 1982
The Guardian
Robin Denselow

When he first emerged on to the folk club scene back in the late Sixties, John Martyn seemed destined to be a minority cult hero, winning favourable reviews for his album but only a small and dedicated audience for his boldly emotional songs.

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The concert was a benefit for Womad (World of Music, Arts and Dance) and mainly a Genesis affair. This is reflected by the full color program. The cover is Genesis. After the bill we get an extensive Genesis band history of the eight incarnations they had. Two pages of Genesis snapshots. Two pages of covers of Genesis albums (and some Peter Gabriel). Four pages and a spread of concert pictures and comments by individual band members - of Genesis! Two subsequent pages with black and white publicity shots - of Genesis.


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