Jenny Boyd has been on a journey of introspection since the time she had a front row view of the Swinging ‘60’s in London. Raised in Kenya, she, along with her sister Pattie, were among London’s top fashion models and witnessed the evolving British music scene first hand. As Beatle George Harrison’s sister-in-law (and later Eric Clapton’s as well), Jenny accompanied The Beatles on their well-documented trip to India to study meditation, worked in The Beatles’ London shop, Apple, helped run a clothing boutique in San Francisco’s North Beach during the momentous “Summer of Love,” and became part of the chaotic 1970’s traveling circus that was Fleetwood Mac while married to the band’s Mick Fleetwood (twice).
Already a published author with a Ph.D in human behavior, Boyd has spent much of her life searching for meaning and the confidence to express herself through the creative process. Her journey to find her own sense of self and creative ability makes her story both captivating and inspiring. Jenny Boyd’s memoir, Jennifer Juniper: A Journey Beyond The Muse (yes, she also was Donovan’s inspiration for the song), in which she details her extraordinary life as sister, friend, wife, mother and observer of some of the pivotal events of the 20th Century.
One thing Ms. Boyd does well is narrate with no self-pity/victimization. She tells of her experiences with matter-of-fact reportage and makes it an interesting, enjoyable and ultimately moving story. You’re allowed to understand the “why” and “how” and her vivid word paintings has you easily visualizing things as they happened, which is a talent. Her 2014 book It’s Not Only Rock & Roll was no different – a direct study, using the insight she gained from some very famous friends. Having a Ph.D. just adds to her talents and knowledge.
Jennifer Juniper: A Journey Beyond The Muse will be published on Thursday, March 26, 2020.