December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Forty five years after its release, sitting in a quaint Swaffham book shop, Jenny Boyd speaks fondly of how the song Jennifer Juniper, which Donovan wrote about her, still holds a special place in heart.
Ms Boyd was at Ceres Bookshop, on London Street, on Saturday, signing copies of her book It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, which features revealing interviews with 75 of the world’s most iconic musicians.
Ms Boyd, from Guildford, Surrey, was at the heart of the music scene in the 1960s and 1970s.
She was married to Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, with whom she has two children, and her sister Pattie Boyd, who was also a model, was married to George Harrison and Eric Clapton.
Ms Boyd’s book includes interviews with all three of those musical icons as well Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, of The Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood, Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, Don Henley, Hank Marvin and Ravi Shankar to name just a few.
She said: “Donovon wrote Jennifer Juniper about me all those years ago to express the way he felt about me.
“It is a lovely song and most people wouldn’t know it was about me.
“So when I hear it now it still feels very personal and special. It still feels like my song and it reminds of the 1960s which was such a very special time.
“I was incredibly fortunate to be friends with many of these talented musicians and to hang out with them all of the time.
“It started, I guess, when I started seeing Mick (Fleetwood). He saw me walking to school and, although we had never spoken, he said that he was sure that I was the person that he would end up marrying.
“My sister started seeing George Harrison, who she later married, and we all hung out, it was like a family.
“People were less star struck in those days and I guess we were just seen as a cool.”
Ms Boyd and Mr Fleetwood divorced, remarried in 1976 but divorced again six months later.
The pair remain good friends today.
Ms Boyd had been living in America and moved back to England where she met Ian Wallace, a drummer who played with the bands King Crimson and Snape who she married in 1984 but later divorced.
She now lives in a cottage in Beachamwell, near Swaffham with an architect husband, who she has been with for 17 years.
Ms Boyd also has a home in London and spends alternate weeks in Norfolk and the capital.
Ms Boyd is friends with many of the musicians who she interviewed for her book, which was written 20 years ago when she was living in Los Angeles.
It has been published in America and Japan, but has just been edited, updated and published in the UK for the first time.
The book examines the psychological side of the creative process and explores what inspires, forces and motivates musicians to create music.
Ms Boyd, who earned a PhD in psychology in the late 1980s, used her personal rapport with the artists and her training as a psychologist to look into the concealed side of the creative process.
She said: “I found that most of the musicians’ talent had been nurtured from an early age. Their parents or someone close to them had been musicians and music was something that was ingrained in them from childhood.
“There were a few exceptions – Steven Bishop spoke about how his stepfather hated music and wouldn’t let him play, so he hid in a cupboard and played his music whenever he got the chance.”
Through her interviews, Ms Boyd also found that many musicians experience what the psychologist Abraham Maslow described as the ‘peak experience.’
She said: “It is like they go into a zone and feel the music coming through them, like an unconscious force.
“Eric Clapton thought he was the only one who felt that and was surprised to hear how others go through it as well.
“They all felt that everyone has it in them to be creative and become a musician.”
She added: “I decided to do release the book in the UK for the first time now because I believe the messages and stories in there are as relevant today as they were back when I wrote it.”
Ms Boyd was a member of a Swaffham creative writing group, which met regularly in a room above The Green Parrot, a health shop in the town, before going to Ceres Bookshop for coffee.
She said: “I find this book shop magical and inspiring. I love it here and it is a great place to launch my book in the UK.”
Ms Boyd’s book sold out at Saturday’s launch, something Ceres Bookshop owner Claire Dunn said has never happened at any of the shop’s launch events.
Ms Boyd will return to Ceres Bookshop for a second book signing event on November 9, from 10am until 12pm.