John Martyn's died
Alright, it’s nothing to do with children’s books, but for me, the loss of John Martyn is a truly big deal. From Stormbringer, when he recorded not only with Beverley Martin, but also Levon Helm of the Band, through to work with Danny Thompson, in Bless the Weather, Solid Air and Inside Out, his music completely transformed the way the acoustic guitar was seen and played. And let’s not forget his associations with Nick Drake.
He pretty much invented the Echoplex, that terrific sampling/looping delay effect – a modern version of which everyone is suddenly so keen on using at the moment. He’s amazing, and if you’ve never heard him do Rather be the Devil live, then you have to watch this.
I’m just lucky that I saw him play before he died.