Kermode’s life in music to W&N

Kermode’s life in music to W&N

Weidenfeld & Nicolson is publishing film critic Mark Kermode’s "hilarious, self-deprecating and blissfully nostalgic" memoir of his life in music, entitled How Does it Feel? 

The book, subtitled A Life of Musical Misadventures, is pitched as "a bedroom dreamer’s ridiculous attempts to nail pop stardom" and tells the story "of how a spotty kid from North London who built an electric guitar at school wound up recording an album at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis".

It follows Kermode's haphazard musical career, from performing in 1970s church halls and youth clubs to live at the Albert Hall, via a stint in musical theatre and stand-up comedy.

Episodes covered include appearing on a kids’ TV show dressed head-to-foot in black leather, getting heckled off stage by bingo-playing septuagenarians on a boat on the Mersey, showing Timmy Mallet how to build a tea-chest bass, and successfully teaching an American festival audience to say ‘bollocks’.

Jenny Lord, publishing director for Weidenfeld & Nicolson non-fiction, acquired world rights from Hedda Archbold at HLA Agency and said to expect a "laugh-out-loud" anecdotes and "on point" observations. 

"I grew up surrounded by homemade electric guitars and issues of Guitarist magazine and from the moment Mark described this book to me, I knew it was something I had to publish," said Lord. "Mark’s tales of his life on stage (and being thrown off it) are laugh-out-loud funny and his observations on the absurdity of the clothes, music and telly of decades gone by are absolutely on point."

Kermode, who is chief film critic for the Observer and co-host of Kermode and Mayo's Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live, commented: "It’s great to be working again with Jenny Lord, who played such a key role in putting together The Movie Doctors book which I co-wrote with Simon Mayo. How Does it Feel? has been a passion project for me for as long as I can remember – it’s the book I’ve been wanting to write for years. Jenny got it immediately, and her enthusiasm and support has made this daft dream a reality.’

How Does it Feel will publish in hardback, audio and e-book in September 2018.