In 1978 I got a call from a drummer called Timi Donald, who'd been in the Pathfinders in Glasgow. He told me, 'John Martyn is looking for you. I'm playing with him – would you mind coming in? He's doing production work for Grace & Danger.' I was getting £100 a day for production, which at that time was fantastic.
In September 2010 Glaswegian Jim McKnight is planning a trip to his brother's safari lodge at Loskop Dam near Johannesburg. British musician John Martyn was a close friend of his, and was to have accompanied him on the trip but sadly never got to explore the country whose music he had come to love, and now Jim is preparing to take both John's as well as his cousin's ashes to scatter on African soil.
Singing From The Floor
A History Of British Folk Clubs
Theo The Sailor
A shadowy figure from Sandy Denny's early life is Theo Johnson, immortalised in her song 'Next Time Around' as 'Theo the sailor who sings in his lair'.
First paperback edition of the third JM biography.
E-book edition that preceded the printed version.
This is in fact the first version of Chris Nickson's biography that was actually sold. The Amazon description:
Revised and updated edition produced after John's passing.
Foreword by Ian Rankin.
Paperback, 264 pages.
Generally considered the most authorative biography up to date.
The hardback cover originally cost £14.99 and was published by Polygon (Birlinn Limited, Edinburgh).
220 page biography; first in its kind and long in the making.
Chapter 22 of the 300 page Free biography tells some nice things about John in relation to the late Paul Kossoff.
Excerpt from chapter 22: