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Mark Ellen

Mark Ellen

Mark Ellen is a writer, broadcaster and author whose teenage years were spent in rain-lashed fields sitting at the feet of long-forgotten rock bands. He started out at Record Mirror, New Musical Express and Time Out in the late '70s and went on to edit various music titles, Smash Hits, Select, Q and The Word among them (and was part of the launch team for the last two and of MOJO where he was the managing editor).

As EMAP Metro's Editor-In-Chief, Mark was in charge of their music, film, entertainment and teenage titles. He presented and contributed to various Radio 1, 2 and 4 shows (and "sat in" – hey! - for John Peel, Annie Nightingale and Kid Jensen), and was one of the anchors for BBC 2's Old Grey Whistle Test and Live Aid. He later wrote for all sorts - The Times, Guardian, Elle, Marie Claire, New Statesman and Private Eye among them – and wrote a memoir in 2014, Rock Stars Stole My Life!.

Mark still writes for – and advises - magazines and co-hosts the Word in Your Ear podcast with David Hepworth.

Mark on the RBP podcast

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Bad Manners: Roll Over Yul Brynner... ...And Tell Bad Manners The News

Interview by Mark Ellen, New Music News, 14 June 1980

MARK ELLEN Meets The UK's Answer To The Fordham Baldies. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Have Mersey, Will Travel

Interview by Mark Ellen, New Music News, 12 July 1980

MARK "PAULIE" ELLEN with the good news on ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN ...

Bob Geldof: Live Aid: The Longest Day

Retrospective by Mark Ellen, The Word, November 2004

We know how Live Aid looked from the outside. But for presenters like Mark Ellen it was a very different story ...

Françoise Hardy: What was the message Dylan sent Françoise Hardy halfway through his Paris concert?

Interview by Mark Ellen, The Word, March 2005

A BLUSTERY STROLL from the Champs Elysée, past the upscale delicatessens of 17ème District, across the deep-pile foyer of a high-security apartment block and you're ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards: The Rake's Progress

Interview by Mark Ellen, The Word, June 2011

From the coal smoke of '40s Dartford to a one-million concert audience in the 21st Century, Keith Richards' rollicking memoir is the tale of an ...

Chrissie Hynde: 27 Minutes With… Chrissie Hynde

Memoir by Mark Ellen, The Word, August 2012

BACK IN FEBRUARY 2004, a literary dinner was held in an Islington restaurant to honour the scriptwriter Paul Schrader. ...

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