Bert Jansch - Living with the Legend
Bert and Heather married on October19th 1968. According to Bert's manager, Bruce May, she was his greatest muse in the late '60s and he dedicated many songs to her. Apart from the obviously titled Miss Heather Rosemary Sewell, there were also: Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning, M'Lady Nancy, If You Should See My Love, and Love Anew. They separated in the mid seventies but remained friends, not divorcing until 1988.
They saw little of each other after Bert married Loren Auerbach but maintained contact by phone.
Bert and Loren both died of cancer in 2011.
£1 from the sale of every book will go to McMillan cancer support. It will be published on December 2nd. buy the books.
DARTINGTON WAYS WITH WORDS 2014 10AM Tuesday July 8th.
Heather Jansch in conversation with her editor Andy Christian with film footage and sound track.
"When Bert died Loren was seriously ill herself and his death was not announced on his website.
My phone began to ring within hours, the press had heard rumours and wanted confirmation. In hindsight, since I had retained his name, I should not have been surprised, nor should I have been surprised by the subsequent onslaught of email condolences from many distraught fans who assumed us still to be married; but naively, I was entirely unprepared.
It was obvious that some sort of public statement was needed. Writing it released a torrent of memories; our days together came flooding back to me. Three weeks later at his funeral, meeting people from our past triggered even more recollections. I was still receiving emails and phone calls from people of our generation for whom his passing had left a terrible void, they wanted to know when my promised autobiography would be published since they assumed it would contain something about the years Bert and I spent together.
It became apparent that there was a need for a book that would tell something of the man, the very private man, behind the music who was propelled to a life he never sought.
Now, nearly two years on, it is done.
I hope his fans enjoy it and find it a fitting tribute."
Heather Jansch December 2013