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Mark Plummer

Mark Plummer

Mark Plummer (aka Brixton Key) grew up all over West London with a single mother who played piano, and an elder brother and sister who "never turned the record player down". The first record he bought was Muddy Waters live at Newport with his birthday money when he was eight. When he first heard the Beatles singing 'Love Me Do' on a transistor radio in the toilets at boarding school, he knew he would be involved in music. He joined Melody Maker as a fulltime staff writer in 1970. In his three years with the MM he interviewed many of his favorite acts including Marc Bolan, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Steve Marriott. After leaving the MM, Plummer worked in PR, promotions, and management.

In 1978 he moved to America, where he worked with punk bands in Los Angeles, before moving to San Francisco to manage Chris Isaak. After suffering a brain aneurysm in the late 1990s, Plummer decided to leave show business. After earning his MA in English at San Francisco State University, he changed his name to Brixton Key when he became an author. His first novel, Charlie Six, was released to critical acclaim in 2011. His website is www.WhereIsCharlieSix.com.

List of articles in the library by artist

The Edgar Broughton Band, Formerly Fat Harry, Kevin Ayers, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper: Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Edgar Broughton Band, Kevin Ayers & The Whole World, Formerly Fat Harry: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1970

Good music, bad vibes at free Hyde Park ...

Black Sabbath: Paranoia — As The Fans Go Wild For Sabbath

Report by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, October 1970

Mark Plummer on a one night stand with the 'Paranoid' hitmakers ...

Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Yes: Yes, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heap: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1970

YES MADE their comeback at the Lyceum on Friday, but what should have been a great occasion turned out to be rather mediocre. ...

Chicago, The Doors, Emerson Lake And Palmer, Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, The Moody Blues, Pentangle, Procol Harum, Richie Havens, Taste, Ten Years After, Tiny Tim, The Who: The Isle of Wight Festival: Five Days That Rocked Britain

Report by Chris Welch, Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1970

MM's Richard Williams, Chris Welch, Michael Watts and Mark Plummer present a five-page report on an amazing weekend of music and other scenes... ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Leon Russell: King of the Delta Rockers

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, August 1970

Top US session man LEON RUSSELL talks to Mark Plummer ...

Alton Ellis, Dave and Ansell Collins, Desmond Dekker: Reggae

Report and Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, May 1971

"Send a reggae band for my wedding reception" said Mick Jagger. The unpredictable move by a Stone symbolised the final acceptance of the music as ...

Michael Des Barres, Silverhead: Silverhead Savage

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, June 1973

MICHAEL DES BARRES, the ultimate rock and roll star sits drinking decaffeinated coffee in the health food-come-curio shop on the Portobello Road, London. He's swamped ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Yes: Ready, Eddie? An Interview with Eddie Offord

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, February 1972

EDDIE OFFORD SITS in his penthouse flat, way above the traffic that thunders down the Vauxhall Bridge Road past Victoria. ...

Rory Gallagher: Rory on the Road

Report and Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1972

RORY GALLAGHER changes out of his striped tee shirt, folds it neatly and places it in his zipper case, exchanging it for an equally familiar ...

Juicy Lucy: Lie Back and Enjoy It (Vertigo)

Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, October 1970

JUICY LUCY have come a long way from 'Who Do You Love' and young ladies smothered in fruit. ...

Patto Break Out

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, November 1972

NOW YOU'D EXPECT Mike Patto to be sardonic, and embittered after five years in various guises and never really making it. ...

Noel Redding: Redding, Willing And Able

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, May 1972

NOEL Redding looks a bit shell-shocked these days. ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: No Place Like England Says Martha

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, January 1971

"I WANT you to tell everybody what a beautiful audience we had tonight. We haven't been over here in four years. We're professional but I ...

The Rolling Stones: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, March 1971

THE ROLLING STONES Circus came to town last Sunday, maybe for the last time. At least for their own sakes it should be. The fire ...

Stone The Crows: Stone the Crows: Greens Playhouse, Glasgow

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1972

Crows — home is where the heart is ...

Steve Peregrin Took: Down in Ladbroke Grove: Steve Took

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, January 1972

"You live high in your apartmentSee people turn to machines,I'm scratching hard to pay my rent,I hope to God I die naturally." ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie Freaks Out

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, January 1971

LAST TIME Stevie Wonder was in Britain he promised that his next album would be the new style him, with a deeper musical and lyrical ...

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