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Mark Hollis: A Perfect Silence (Signature Edition)

Mark Hollis: A Perfect Silence (Signature Edition)

Ben Wardle

The Signature edition of A Perfect Silence is presented in a slipcase and jacket which are specially designed by James Marsh, and is signed by author Ben Wardle and James Marsh.

This is the first complete, in-depth biography of the Talk Talk leader and draws on scores of new and original interviews with, among others, Simon Brenner, producer Rhett Davies, Phill Brown, James Marsh, musical collaborators George Page, Phil Ramocon, Martin Ditcham, Dominic Miller, Mark Feltham, Johnny Turnbull, Robbie McIntosh and others. Talk Talk live sound engineer Chris Beale, long-time manager Keith Aspden, original A&R manager Ashley Goodall, old school friends, numerous industry figures, friends and acquaintances who knew him only after he’d retired all add fresh insight and perspective to this extensive and engaging biography.

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



368 pages
Trim page size (H × W)
240 mm × 163 mm