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Sweet Honesty - The Beverley Martyn Story Paperback – 7 Jan 2011
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It is good to hear that she is back making music again. I wish her well.
Beverley Martyn has led an incredible life: a beautiful woman and talented singer-songwriter she was also muse, friend or partner to some of the greatest recording artists of the past forty years....Bert Jansch, Paul Simon, Nick Drake and of course her husband John Martyn. Along the way she played at the Monterey Festival in 1967 and also endured ten years of marriage with an abusive husband that eventually led her to have a breakdown, near destitute and in a mental hospital.
So how the publisher decided that this amazing life story was only worthy of 108 pages of text is baffling. Hopefully the book will be picked up by a larger publisher who can expand on the themes Bev writes about. Personally I would have liked to have read much more about her own childhood, her relationship with her sisters, mother and her abusive father. She also mentions that Nick Drake attended her wedding to John and it would have been great to see pictures of the wedding if they still exist.
Despite these minor faults, I enjoyed the book and am glad that Bev finally got her side of the story into print. It's a harrowing tale at times, so full marks to Bev for having the courage to be so honest and to Jaki daCosta for also helping to write the book. Contrary to what other reviewers have said, I thought it was a well written book.
Sad to say, John Martyn does not emerge very well from the story told here, he comes across as a violent misogynist bully...but as Bev writes in conclusion.."I don't hate John for what he did to me, because I know he was a damaged man."
She tells her story well.
The book “Sweet Honesty the Beverley Martyn Story” should be called “Bitter Sweet Delusional Lies and Fantasies”! As I am Beverley’s older sister Sandra Kutner. I would like to clear up a few untruths that have been told in this book regarding my family which have deeply upset me.
Beverley stated in her book regarding the incident “when I was going downstairs when our parents were having an argument”. I was four years old at the time I went down the stairs with my elder sister who was seven years old. I “did not” pick up a knife to my father and my mother’s face was not covered in blood. We cannot recall Beverley as even being born at the time.
My father was “NOT” a violent man and never physically abused my mother and anyone who knew him also would know this.
When Beverley was two year’s old our father had his own watchmaker’s business and we were never that poor as Beverley claims in the book. However, we did live in an inner city house until Beverley was seven years old then my father bought a large four bedroom house. Also my father did not go bankrupt from gambling. The reason was the Council bought a ‘no parking ban’ to the Street, which affected the trade really badly and lots of other shops had gone bust and ceased trading. Up until that time my father had a successful Jewellery and Watch making Business. After this incident my father was employed by Dunlop and paid back all his creditors and returned to the Jewellery Business again. My father was seventy years old when he passed away “Louis Kutner” and he was an honourable man.
I have been waiting for over two years for Beverley to amend this book of lies. It is a shame I have had to say my peace this way as unfortunately the dead cannot defend themselves “my father”! Needless to say Beverley did not consult me or any of my family members before this book was published.
My sister has a misguided and tends to fantasise a lot so don’t waste your time or money buying this Beverley Martyn Book of lies fantasies and name dropping.
No offense to Jackie Decosta as she only wrote what she was told.