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How Does It Feel?: A Life of Musical Misadventures - Mark Kermode

How Does It Feel?: A Life of Musical Misadventures - Mark Kermode

Title: How Does It Feel?

Author:  Mark Kermode

ISBN:  9781474608978

Weight:  765 g

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How Does It Feel? by Mark Kermode

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.

How Does It Feel? follows a lifetime of musical misadventures which have seen Mark striking rockstar poses in the Sixth Form Common Room, striding around a string of TV shows dressed from head to foot in black leather, getting heckled off stage by a bunch of angry septuagenarians on a boat on the Mersey, 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.  Really.

Hilarious, self-deprecating and blissfully nostalgic, this is 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?

Peer & Press Reviews

From a garden with one person and a cat, to the Barbican Concert Hall.  From a cassette recorder in a bedroom in North London to the legendary Sun studios in Memphis, Mark Kermode’s self-deprecatory wit exemplifies and celebrates the wonderful unstoppable force of innocence and youthful dreams.  Part Spinal Tap, part Nick Hornby, a rock‘n’rollercoaster memoir of never giving up on your passions.


An engaging tribute to the under-sung glories of skiffle, written with the joyful enthusiasm of someone clearly dedicated to making music.

Jonny Greenwood

Kermode’s insistent perfecting of musical failure is madly funny.  I loved this book and cringed at every awful stage fail, but his passion shines through.  His unrequited desire to be a rock star in a time when every idiot had a band is bum-clenchingly funny and forensically recalled.

Gary Kemp

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title How Does It Feel?
Sub title A Life of Musical Misadventures
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features A number of greyscale images illustrate the book’s text.  The back matter has an Acknowledgements and an Illustration Credits page.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781474608978
ISBN 10 1474608973
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 285
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 160 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Julie Edwards
Designed by Luke Bird
Jacket photograph Charlie Baker

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