From 1979-2004 he was with the Warner Music Group in Burbank, overseeing the release of over a thousand compilation albums and boxed sets, including The Cure’s Join The Dots, Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the ‘80s Underground, The Magic of ABBA, Freedom Rock and Time-Life’s Rock and Roll Era series. He also licensed recordings for such films as The Big Chill, Goodfellas and Great Balls of Fire, and classic TV shows including Moonlighting, Thirtysomething, The Gilmore Girls and Miami Vice. Before that he managed one of the original Rhino Records retail stores in Claremont,California.
Mark graduated in 1974 from UCLA with a B.A. in English, having spent his junior year at the University Of Birmingham (U.K.) where he managed to divide his time between drinking Newcastle Brown, gigs by Roy Wood’s Wizzard and his class on the Catholic novel with professor David Lodge. He lives in Nevada City, in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, where he can be heard broadcasting his sixties-themed radio show Pet Sounds on community radio KVMR-FM. He has three grown children, one ex-wife, and way too many LPs, CDs and Grateful Dead cassette tapes.
Listen to me describe how I got into the writing game (courtesy of www.thetellstories.com):