• How Does It Feel?

  • A Life of Musical Misadventures
  • By: Mark Kermode
  • Narrated by: Mark Kermode
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 rock star 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?

©2018 Mark Kermode (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Berowne
  • 04-20-21

Loved it

The closest I’ll ever get to knowing what it feels like to be a musician and play in bands.

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  • sheepdog b
  • 05-04-20

airplane station

fabulous book I'm a massive kermode fan this is is best book yet check out his other books plus the kermode and mayo film program on five live

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  • Emmy
  • 08-27-19

Lovely story of one mans refusal to Give up


I love the good Dr movie books and rants, but this musical tale is as delightful and engaging as they come. Hard not to be a little inspired to pick up the nearest harmonica. (Dont, it is way harder than you think)

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  • R Davies
  • 06-06-19

Brilliant.

Laugh out loud funny. Wonderful account of Mark's musical escapades. Dodge Brothers are great too.

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  • Karen Foster
  • 01-25-19

And I thought his view on film entertained

Well that was so much fun his outlook on life is a rare and beautiful thing