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Some People Are Crazy
Available July 2019

Biography, Forthcoming Publications, Popular Music & Culture
Publication Date
11 July 2019
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Limited

Some People Are Crazy

The John Martyn Story
by John Neil Munro - Find out more about the author


eBook also available at the iBookstore

'A myth-buster and a debate starter' — MOJO

'This well-researched biography shows slow-motion car crashes played out against real artistic achievement' — Q Magazine

Described by Empire Magazine as 'Britain's best ever blues singer', John Martyn was one of rock music's last real mavericks. Despite chronic addiction to alcohol and drugs, he produced a string of matchless albums. Loved by fans and critics, loathed by ex-wives and managers, he survived the music business he despised for forty years.

This book documents his upbringing in Glasgow and rise through the Scottish and London folk scenes of the 1960s, his many career highs and lows, and his friendships with the great lost souls of British rock music, Nick Drake and Paul Koshoff.

John Neil Munro lives in Laxdale, Isle of Lewis. He studied Modern and Economic history at Glasgow University then completed a postgraduate journalism course in Cardiff. His previous publications include The Sensational Alex Harvey (Polygon, 2008).