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Thread #44922   Message #1176731
Posted By: The Shambles
03-May-04 - 03:54 AM
Thread Name: John Martyn-Has his style changed over the years?
Subject: RE: John Martyn
I found this BBC Press release, which may be of interest.

BBC Documentary "Johnny Too Bad"

The BBC have completed the documentary which will be transmitted on BBC 4 at 10pm, Friday 28th May and repeated on Saturday 29th May.
[2004]

The BBC press release says, "BBC Four takes an in-depth look at the life and genius of the singer-songwriter John Martyn, whose drawling vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have inspired many. Contributors to this intimate portrait include Phil Collins, the late Robert Palmer, Ralph McTell, Chris Blackwell, Danny Thompson, John's ex-wife Beverley Martyn and younger generation fan Beth Orton.

The documentary also contains classic performance archive including the Old Grey Whistle Test (dating back from 1973) Sight & Sound in Concert(1977) and Later With Jools Holland alongside home movies and family photos of Martyn as a child.

Martyn is the consummate musician's musician - his songs feature highly in any audiophile's collection and his music has been an inspiration over decades to many household names. His refusal to compromise who he is or the music he makes has meant major commercial success has eluded him - but made him treasured all the more intensely by his fans. In profiling his journey the film looks at his traumatic and often dramatic life.

When filming began Martyn was facing one of those life-changing moments that seems to have pervaded his career. A seemingly mundane leg injury led to a gross infection and the only prognosis was to have it amputated below the knee. The film follows him pre and post leg-amputation, observing the effect it has on his life and those around him, whilst simultaneously dipping into the past and learning more about his career - from the folk clubs in the Sixties, to his best-loved album Solid Air, to his continuing musical xperimentation."