own musical career was meteoric - it crashed to earth fast. It
included a memorable spell - 20 minutes to be exact - playing
the recorder - tape recorder, that is - behind the infamous
Oxford punk group Marius And The Firebombers, during a concert
which ended with the audience throwing insults, jelly babies and
bottles at the stage.
successfully, he tried busking with a friend on the London
Underground. Only slightly more lucratively, he has since
written song lyrics.
decades trying to wear out every Dylan album ever made, his
musical tastes have expanded. He is now a fixture on the London
classical concert-goer circuit and a giver of legendary Proms
parties. In recent years his main musical solace has been the
music of contemporary classical composer Sir John Tavener, with
the prospect of a book at some stage on the great man. In
addition, Mark says: “I play everything from Bach to Blonde
on Blonde; Stravinsky to The Smiths; Messiaen to Joni
Mitchell; what seems like millions more.
Life’s too short but there can never be too much good
music and art to enjoy and write about.”