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How Does It Feel? by Mark Kermode

How Does It Feel?

A Life of Musical Misadventures

Mark Kermode

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2 reviews

Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 20 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781474608978

The hilarious, self-deprecating, blissfully nostalgic memoir of adored film critic Mark Kermode's riotous attempts to become a popstar

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5 stars out of 5
20 Dec 2018

"witty, self-deprecating... entertaining"

This witty, self-deprecating account (‘my enthusiasm outstripped my technique’) peaks with Kermode and his latest band, The Dodge Brothers, recording at the Sun Studios in Memphis where the ghost of his much-loved Elvis haunted him like a scene from The Exorcist.

They’ve played with any number of headline names but at the heart of this entertaining memoir is a little boy in his back garden in Finchley, banging out a rhythm on saucepans with a couple of wooden spoons.

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4 stars out of 5
Max Décharné
27 Oct 2018

"How Does it Feel? is a wry memoir of one failed ambition"

This is a book which is happily content to move from one episodic reminiscence to the next. You don’t have to be a skiffle enthusiast to enjoy it, but obviously it presupposes a basic interest in the twists and turns of the author’s life. Overwhelmingly, what comes through with every anecdote is the author’s genuine enthusiasm for music... Many people who’ve kicked around in bands will recognise a lot of the situations here, generally rendered with self-deprecating humour: the dodgy equipment, the dodgy clubs, and especially the dodgy promoters.