John Martyn, live from Rockpalast in Germany, 1978.
Written by Martyn about the death of his friend Nick Drake.
John Martyn is one of those musicians that makes me feel cheated that I didn't know about him before 2010. John Martyn died January 29, 2009, aged 60.
His notorious alcoholism is said to have set a range for his performances from "absolutely terrible" to "inexplicable genius." I have done a lot of reading on John Martyn, and have heard tales from old musicians that described his state, just before a concert as "unable to form a sentence, and barely able to stand," but then he would walk out on stage and deliver a performance like the one you see above --- simply on another level.
Eric Clapton was quoted as saying Martyn was, "so far ahead of everything, it's almost inconceivable."