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Journalist Mark Ellen shares the up and downs of a life dedicated to Rock n Roll

Duration:
1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 12 May 2014

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.

His new book tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and puts a chaotic world to rights.

Award-winning writer and broadcaster Mark Ellen was born at the wrong time. Five years older and he would have seen The Beatles and The Byrds; five years younger and he'd have been plunged into punk rock.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Dexys Midnight Runners

    Dexys Midnight Runners Geno

    Greatest Hits Of The 80's (Various), Disky, 5

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue I Was Gonna Cancel

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 003

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Rockin' All Over The World

    Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison In The Days Before Rock N Roll

  • Image for Canned Heat

    Canned Heat On The Road Again

    The Hits Of 1968 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Only Love Can Hurt Like This

    (CD Single), RCA, 004

  • Image for The Byrds

    The Byrds So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star

    The Byrds, CBS

  • Image for Althea & Donna

    Althea & Donna Uptown Top Ranking

    Rhythm Of The Sun (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Joe Walsh

    Joe Walsh Life's Been Good

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for The Shires

    The Shires Nashville Grey Skies

    (CD Single), Decca, 001

  • Image for Jean Knight

    Jean Knight Mr Big Stuff

    Stax Greatest Hits (Various Artists), Stax

  • Image for Chromeo

    Chromeo Jealous (I Ain't With It)

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for The Derek Trucks Band

    The Derek Trucks Band Down In The Flood

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