Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode

How Does It Feel: A Life of Musical Misadventures

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Mon 01 October 2018

Mark Kermode

How Does It Feel: A Life of Musical Misadventures

Mark Kermode
Mon 01 October 2018,

Following a formative encounter with the British pop movie Slade in Flame in 1975, Mark Kermode decided that musical superstardom was totally attainable. And so, armed with a homemade electric guitar and very little talent, he embarked on an alternative career – a chaotic journey which would take him from the halls and youth clubs of North London to the stages of Glastonbury, the London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall.

He discusses a lifetime of musical misadventures, from striking rockstar poses in the Sixth Form Common Room, to striding around a string of TV shows dressed from head to foot in black leather, to getting heckled off stage by a bunch of angry septuagenarians on a boat on the Mersey, to showing Timmy Mallet how to build a tea-chest bass – and winning the International Street Entertainers of the Year award as part of a new wave of skiffle. He offers a riotous account of a bedroom dreamer’s attempts to conquer the world armed with nothing more than a chancer’s enthusiasm and a simple philosophy: how hard can it be?

Image credit: Julie Edwards Photography

 

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