John Martyn in Hastings from Anna Keiller


supplied by Anna Keiller

Andy Qunta… What a character, & what an artist!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Remember him from The Lord Nelson in the 70s, lovely chap. looks like he has a black eye in the last photo.

Chris Meachen… Dear old John… Had a few amusing times with him…

Will Cornell… by all rights I should be thoroughly into this guy’s music, after all, the Fairport/Steeleye/Nick Drake etc, I love all of it….but he showed up at the college I went to in the 70s thoroughly plastered and gave a completey incoherent show and I’m afraid it colored my opinion of him forever.

Mick Knights… As I’ve mentioned before, one evening in the Nellie he was going to fill my mate in for fancying the same young lady as he did, with the words “do you know who I am!” That put me off as well.

Alan Esdaile… I knew John back in the 70’s and always found him to be a really nice guy. Amazing talent but looks like he upset a few people along the way!

Andy Qunta… Yes, John did enjoy a bevy! Actually he didn’t always look like he was enjoying it! I remember early ’77, myself & Tony Tony Qunta & Steve Kinch used to jam with Steve Stephen Demetri at Steve D’s place. One day John Martyn joined us. Apparently later he told people it was the loudest band he ever heard! What a compliment from an artist of his standing! Proud moment!

John Wilde… I spent many days and nights with John. Both at home and on the road. I did 15 gigs with him around europe. It was fun, intense and an education in getting trashed. He was great entertainment and always the loudest in the room. He had an ego the size of a planet but was capable of deep emotion. He was a unique and brilliant talent tormented by his own demons. He gave me some wonderful memories, asking me to provide artwork for his album Inside Out and letting me hang out in the studio with all the guys that played on it.
John took to Hastings and loved his time in Coburg place and the Old Town embraced his bawdy spirit.
Gawd bless yer mate.


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