Mark Blake (writer)

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Mark Blake is a British music journalist and author. His work has been published since 1989 in The Times and The Daily Telegraph, and the music magazines Q, Mojo, Classic Rock and Prog. In May 2017, he was hired as launch editor of Planet Rock magazine and is a contributing editor to the title.[1]


Blake is the author of the 2007 music biography, Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd,[2] published by Aurum Press (available under the title Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd in the United States); Stone Me: The Wit & Wisdom Of Keith Richards,[3] (Aurum Press, 2008); Is This The Real Life: The Untold Story of Queen (Aurum Press, 2010) and Pretend You're in a War: The Who and The Sixties, published by Aurum Press in September 2014. His next book, Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, The Story Of Rock's Greatest Manager is due for publication by Little Brown/Da Capo in the UK and US in 2018.

Blake is a former Assistant Editor of Q, and previously edited the books Dylan: Visions, Portraits and Back Pages and Punk: The Whole Story" (Dorling Kindersley, 2004 & 2005). He has also contributed to official projects for Pink Floyd, including Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, The Who, Queen and the Jimi Hendrix estate. He is represented by Matthew Hamilton at The Hamilton Agency.



  • Blake, Mark (2008). Pigs Might Fly : The Inside Story of Pink Floyd. London: Aurum.
  • Blake, Mark (2010). Is This the Real Life : The Untold Story of Queen. London: Aurum.
  • Blake, Mark (2014). Pretend You're in a War : The Who & The Sixties. London: Aurum.


  • Blake, Mark (Dec 2014). "The birth & death of Pink Floyd : in the beginning". Mojo. 253 (6): 66–73.

Album reviews[edit]

Album title Artist Reviewed in
The endless river Pink Floyd Blake, Mark (Dec 2014). "[Untitled review]". Mojo. 253 (6): 88.

Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2014 Blake, Mark (Dec 2014). "Bryte young thing". Books. Mojo. 253 (6): 118–119. Drake, Nick (2014). Nick Drake : remembered for a while. Edited by Gabrielle Drake. John Murray.


  1. ^ "Planet Rock to launch magazine". Planet Rock. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ "La musique aussi se lit". Metro France (in French). 11 December 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Keith Richards inspires rival tribute books". 3 News. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2010.

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