Mark Baxter


Saturday 15th July 2017

Photograph courtesy of © Tony Briggs

Mark Baxter

Describe your style in three words?
Elder Statesman Modernist.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Georgie Fame at Ronnie Scotts on my 40th birthday. His version of 'Green Onions' is a very close second to Booker T in my humble opinion.

If you could put on a gig with any three bands in history?
Support band 1 would be Tubby Hayes, and the track would be 'Change Of Setting'. Support band 2 would be The Small Faces, the track would be 'Tin Soldier' and headliner would be The Jam - 'Man In The Corner Shop'.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
I like elements of all of them really. Certainly the fashions. Teddy Boy, original Skinhead, Suedehead, Mod, and Casual. I ended up a Mod, so that had the most impact overall.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Most of the historical figures who interest me, I have read about, so I'd go for a night out in Soho with Tubby Hayes. I am simply fascinated with the man. Professional jazzer at 15, dead at 38 and played on over 60 albums in the middle of what was a whirlwind of a life. He lived as if each day was his last. I think we would get right royally pissed together and share many tales. The track would 'Dear Johnny B' in honour of my dad, Johnny Baxter.

What is the best gig venue you have ever been to?
I love the Royal Albert Hall. Had some great times in there, seen some great bands and even DJ'd on the stage in 2004, before the Ronnie Lane memorial gig. I was supported by Weller, Townsend and Ronnie Wood...It is a beautiful space and long may it continue to be so.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Howlin' Wolf. Probably not unsung enough, but probably a name that isn't as out there as should be. What a voice! The track would be 'Killing Floor'.

Screenwriter and producer Mark Baxter is known for his films documenting influential cultural giants, including British jazz musician Tubby Hayes and modernist outfitter John Simons. Mark has also worked on several books including The A to Z of Mod co-written with Paolo Hewitt.

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