Jenny Boyd Ph.D is the author of It’s Not Only Rock’n’Roll, a book in which 75 of the world’s most iconic musicians reveal their thoughts on creating music. She has probed the minds of legends such as Eric Clapton, Don Henley, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar and many more; delving into the drive to create; the importance of nurturing creativity; the role of unconscious influences and the effects of chemicals and drugs on the creative process.
As a result of her many personal ties to the music world, former wife of drummer Mick Fleetwood, and the sister-in-law of Beatle George Harrison, and later Eric Clapton, she found herself, from a young age, immersed in the creative world of rock and roll.
At the age of 37, she ended her rock and roll lifestyle and embarked on a degree course, an MA in Counselling Psychology followed by a Ph.D in Humanities (the result of which culminated in the publication of her dissertation, It’s Not Only Rock’n’Roll.) In addition to researching the creative process, Jenny has worked in the addiction field in the US and UK for the last twenty-one years, and at the same time set up her own company, Spring Workshops, through which she brought therapists from the States to the UK to facilitate workshops.
Jenny’s second book; Jennifer Juniper, a journey beyond the Muse is now available.
“The beautifully poignant story of a partner, mother, friend and truly inspirational woman.”
As an up-and-coming young model, Jenny found herself at the heart of Carnaby Street in London, immersed in the fashion and pop culture of the Swinging 60s. With boyfriend Mick Fleetwood, sister Pattie, George Harrison and the rest of the Beatles, she lived the London scene. But as a natural ‘Flower Child’, Jenny soon became part of the counter-culture in San Francisco during the Flower Power era, witnessing the Summer of Love; she was the inspiration for Donovan’s famous song, Jennifer Juniper, and her photograph was featured inside the box set of his eponymous album A Gift from a Flower to a Garden.
After working in The Beatles shop, Apple, the first of its kind, Jenny attended Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in India to study meditation with her sister and the Beatles, witnessing their creativity and the genesis of songs that would later appear on the White Album.
Despite being attuned to the spiritual bloom and innocence of the 60s, Jenny also experienced first-hand the turmoil and decadence of the 70s and 80s. Her two marriages to Mick Fleetwood, founder member of Fleetwood Mac, brought her to the forefront of the world of rock and roll – and its fame, money, drugs and heartache. Struggling in the darkness to find and develop her own voice and identity, Jenny went to college, achieving a Masters in Counseling Psychology followed by a Ph.D in Humanities - her dissertation on musicians and creativity became the critically-acclaimed book Musicians in Tune.
Jenny has spent her life in the company of some of the greatest musical and cultural influencers of the last 50 years – and the journey she takes to finding her own sense of self and creative ability makes Jennifer Juniper a truly captivating and inspiring story.