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Mark Hollis: A Perfect Silence (Paperback)

Mark Hollis: A Perfect Silence (Paperback)

Ben Wardle

Now in paperback and updated in 2024 with fresh interviews and a new cover design by James Marsh, this is the first complete, in-depth biography of Mark Hollis. The new, revelatory text includes interviews with musician Tony Paknadel, who jammed with Hollis in 1979; producer Gareth Jones, who worked with Hollis on a demo in 1980 and discusses a Hollis-compiled mixtape from the period; Axel Ray Steuerwald, who lived with Mark’s brother Ed for much of the last year of his life; and EMI executive Nigel Reeve, who enjoyed a long working relationship and personal friendship with Hollis from 1986 until 2019. It all makes for as complete a history of the life and work of Mark Hollis as there is, told in fascinating detail.

The new text enriches the original narrative which was created from interviews with, among others, Simon Brenner; producer Phill Brown; musical collaborators George Page, Phil Ramocon, Martin Ditcham, Dominic Miller, Mark Feltham and Johnny Turnbull; Talk Talk live sound engineer Chris Beale; long-time manager Keith Aspden; original A&R manager Ashley Goodall, and many more.

About the author

Ben Wardle is a writer and lecturer in music business. He has written several books, and contributed features to publications including The Guardian, and The Word. He has written and presented regularly for BBC’s Front Row and hosted a podcast about vinyl for several years. Previously he was A&R for various record companies, signing artists including Sleeper, The Wannadies and Stephen Duffy.

Press reviews

The story of how Mark Hollis wrestled with the commercial demands of the 1980s has become the stuff of myth. But every mythical tale requires a worthy storyteller – a challenge elegantly met by Ben Wardle.

Pete Paphides

Impeccably researched – a proper, full-scale archaeological dig into the life and work of one of our most revered artists. A revelation on every page.

Jude Rogers

An intensely private man revealed … well-researched … Wardle is excellent on the process

4 stars



384 pages
Trim page size (H × W)
234 mm × 156 mm
Stock status
In stock