In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll.
From his time at the NME and Smash Hits to Radio One, Old Grey Whistle Test, Live Aid, Q, Select, Mojo, and The Word magazines, he's been at the molten core of its evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his eventful journey. It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and barbecues the dull and self-deluded. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiralling decline.
The loud and tremendous journey of rock and roll is told straight from Mark Williams - a man who lived and breathed it. He's author and narrator of his autobiographical audiobook Rock Stars Stole My Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music. Williams' life has been entwined with music from his very beginnings. His career sparkling with musical endeavors. Here he tells the magical journey that has seen him conquer the world of rock and roll and come out a legend. This is an honest, awe-inspiring recount of the surging music industry through the decades. Available now from Audible.
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Highly entertaining autobiography in music
Mark Ellen reads, a huge plus, a very entertaining and enjoyable ramble through his life and how music has played its part in it. If you have any interest in rock/ pop music I would highly recommend.
At times very funny, lovely anecdotes throughout the book.
- M Broders