- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 836 KB
- Print Length: 120 pages
- Publisher: Richard Connor (25 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KKQ3B5A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Solid Air: an in-depth look at the classic album by John Martyn Kindle Edition
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Despite that, I thought it was a really brave and well-written analysis of John Martyn's most famous album. Richard Connor is a really devoted superfan of Martyn's work. He is not exactly impartial, believing Martyn to be the most talented person to ever walk the earth. Solid Air is described as 'one of humanity's greatest achievements', better than the Sistine Chapel ceiling - the greatest piece of art any human hands have ever created!
Richard is a late-starter, having only come across John Martyn's music late on in his career and he tells the story of how he got into John's music gradually. There's some analysis of John's character, his strengths and weaknesses, lots of discussion about the running order of the album, the relative strengths of each song, the meaning of Big John's lyrics etc. He's also makes mention of some of the many covers of songs from the album - even going as far as to write about each of the 28 covers of May you Never, singling out Sandi Thom's take on the song for particular - and I think unfair - criticism. There's also a couple of strange detours - the author goes on a long bus journey to view a play called Solid Air and also interviews members of a John Martyn tribute band. Connor also states that he intended to visit the Shawlands district of Glasgow where Martyn was raised, but it's not made clear if he ever made the trip. The author also has great fun constructing his own top 75 John Martyn songs. Connor writes really well here, especially when you consider that this is his first published work.
The book is ambitious, occasionally self-indulgent and not always successful but I found that Connor's incredible enthusiasm for Martyn's work, allied to his own fine writing style, made for a very enjoyable read.