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 divided his time among drinking Newcastle Brown Ale, gigs by Roy Wood's Wizzard, and his class on the Catholic novel with professor David Lodge. After graduation he managed one of the original Rhino Records retail stores in Claremont, California -- the only Rhino store still open.
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.
He now lives in Nevada City, in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, where he can be heard broadcasting his sixties-themed radio show Pet Sounds every Monday on community station KVMR-FM (www.kvmr.org). He has three grown children, a granddaughter, one ex-wife, and a very tolerant girlfriend, who rarely comments on his hoarding of way too many LPs, CDs and Grateful Dead cassette tapes.
Listen to Mark describe how he got into the writing game, and why it took him 45 years to apologize for a bad review he wrote in 1970 (courtesy of www.thetellstories.com):
And here's a link to a June 2022 interview on KVMR-FM's "The Sages Among Us" where I talk about my Southern California upbringing, music writing, record company career & general philosophy of life. https://www.kvmr.org/podcasts/mark-leviton-music-man/
Michael Leviton's memoir of our family "To Be Honest" is available now!