One of the great lines of the year tumbled out of the film Glengarry Glen Ross as Ricky Roma was peddling real estate. Played by Al Pacino, the spidery Roma looked deep into the eyes of a diffident client and said that everyone worries about the past and the future. But no one lives for the moment. You can't say that about John Martyn, whose mysterious career is full of passionate moments.
The voice on the other end of the telephone line is most certainly John Martyn's. The soft Glaswegian accent and the dark timbre which is Martyn's trademark is there, yet he seemed strangely disconnected. Oh no, I immediately thought. It is well known that Martyn struggled with alcohol and many other substances for years, but I thought those days were behind him. So why the strange distance in his hello, I mean it was four in the afternoon, after all!
JOHN MARTYN CHARTS THE DEPTHS
OF AN EVER-FLOWING CREATIVE TIDE
John Martyn is een groot...
... liedjesschrijver en een nog groter zanger. De Schot is echter ook een wispelturig man, die tijdens zijn recente Nederlandse toer de mensen in zijn omgeving tot wanhoop dreef. Zijn bijna vijfentwintigjarige carrière, met onsterfelijke albums als Solid Air en One World, leverde hem geen fortuin op, maar hij kan redelijk van de muziek leven.
Net als landgenoot Richard Thompson kan de Brit John Martyn bogen op een kwart eeuw ervaring in folk- en popkringen. Vanaf dinsdag Amsterdam (Paradiso), Den Haag (Paard, 30/10), Tilburg (Noorderligt, 31/10), Apeldoorn (Gigant, 2/11) en Utrecht (Tivoli, 3/11).
Very short announcement published in Trouw of Thursday 24 October 1991. One day later De Volkskrant made a similar but shorter announcement.
Jonathan Futrell meets John Martyn, a folk troubadour who is still one of Britain's best-kept secrets
SOMETHING strangely prophetic happened to the much younger John Martyn when he opened for Charles Mingus and Weather Report at The Bijou Club.
John Martyn is one of Britain's best-loved troubadours. A pioneering folk singer during the sixties, his musical style has constantly changed over the years, breaking down the boundaries between reggae, jazz and pop.
He also has some of the itchiest feet in rock - John spends several months of each year on the road. He recently played more than 100 shows in Europe with hardly a night off.
CHAS KEEP TRACES MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF THE SINGER-SONGWRITER'S MERCURIAL CAREER
Few musicians have been held in such high esteem by critics and fans alike, without converting their cult status into commercial success, as John Martyn. The noted guitarist/ songwriter has a back catalogue of come 20 albums behind him, [which] mark his transition from acoustic folkie in the late 1960s, through his jazz-inspired guitar experiments of the 1970s and early 1980s, to his smoother sound of today. Though he has never achieved the recognition his music has deserved, his loyal following has been enough to enable his career to continue unchecked.
John Martyn al Folk Club
Negli Anni Settanta era un piccolo-grande mito: quando la Island -la casa discografica che all'epoca era giustamente considerata la patrona e padrona della miglior musica inglese- lo prese sotto la sua ala protettrice, per John Martyn si spalancarono le porte della gloria: i suoi primi lavori, fin dall'esordio con «London Conversation» in puro stile folk, gli attirarono il seguito vasto dei critici entusiasti e quello, più ristretto ma significativo, del pubblico degli appassionati.
..they don't write 'em like that anymore
It's been over two years since his last record, but JOHN MARTYN has returned to the fray with a critically acclaimed album. He talks to Simon Jones, explains his absence, and is evidently still recovering from post punk depression.
"I am John Wayne.."
The figure centre-stage flails around in the spotlight, the music building to an almost deafening crescendo. The head rolls back, the face contorts into an almost pained expression as the microphone comes close.