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John Martyn: Starting again at the bottom

Sean O'Hagan, Sunday Correspondent, 18 March 1990

TWO YEARS AGO, after Island Records rejected his last LP; John Martyn entered a "black period" that lasted six months. In an alcoholic haze, he committed himself to a "life minus music" and looked set, after 21 years' performing and 20 LPs, to be another casualty of the rock-and-roll fast lane.

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