A Life of Musical Misadventures

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Mark Kermode recounts his utterly foolhardy attempts to fulfill his dreams of becoming a pop star - from building an electric guitar from scratch while at school, to playing a tea-chest bass on the kids TV show 'Utterly Brilliant', and becoming the musical director of a major TV show - all without ever learning to read music.

This will be a hilarious evening in which the film critic recalls falling in love with Slade as a teenager, and recording an album at Sun Studio as an ageing old ted. 

Warning: there may be musical interludes. Or not.

Mark will be signing copies of his book after the show.

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About Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode is Chief Film Critic for the Observer and co-host of Kermode & Mayo's Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live. Hailed by Stephen Fry as 'the finest film critic in Britain' he is the author of several books about film. 

He plays double-bass and harmonica in the Dodge Brothers, the award-winning skiffle-and-blues band who also accompany silent movies with Neil Brand. Mark has written and presented film and music shows on Channel 4, BBC2 and BBC4, and on BBC Radio stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Live and more. He recently presented a second series of Celluloid Jukebox on BBC Radio 2 and his first television series Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema. He holds two Sony Awards for his radio programmes, and the Dodge Brothers album The Sun Set was voted Blues Album of the Year 2013 by the roots music magazine Spiral Earth.


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