Wed November 6th, 2002
Wed March 13th, 2002
Wed August 15th, 2001
Just Another Injustice/Some Kind of Wonderful (1998)
No Frills (1978)
Mark Farner (1977)
Mark Farner, guitar/vocals
In the 1979 edition of The Rolling Stone Record Guide, rock critic poobah Dave Marsh wrote of the Grand Funk Railroad catalog: "Grand Funk Hits, which has ‘We’re An American Band,’ is about the best bet, although why anyone except professional nostalgists would still be interested is mystifying. This is one legacy whose rehabilitation is highly unlikely."

Twenty years later, however, a new generation of rockers got down with the Grand Funk number when multi-platinum Motor City mack daddy Kid Rock made a practice of incorporating the song into his retro-rock tribute medley alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd’s "Sweet Home Alabama" and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s "Fortunate Son" -- which is coincidentally the title of a greatest hits compilation of Marsh’s writings.

Mark Farner
Mark Farner's music career began when he was 15 years old and a spate of injuries ended his gridiron dreams. As a teenager he played in several bands -- Terry Knight and the Pack, the Bossmen and the Pack (sans Terry Knight). It was in late 1968 that Farner, drummer Don Brewer (with whom he’d played in various Pack variations) and bassist Mel Schacher (formerly of ? and the Mysterians) coalesced as Grand Funk Railroad.

True to the power trio tradition of such artists as Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Grand Funk specialized in super-charged blues rock, chock full of meaty power chords. In 1969 the group made its album debut and set off on a musical career path paved with platinum and gold. In addition to racking up some staggering sales figures, in 1971 it had the distinction of breaking the Beatles’ ticket sales record at Shea Stadium in New York. Tickets for both shows sold out in 72 hours.

After an astonishingly successful run, Grand Funk broke up in 1976 and though it would reunite from time to time in later years, Farner pursued his own musical interests. His work with the Mark Farner Band has alternated with intriguing collaborations -- Farner played with Ringo Starr’s Allstars from 1994-95 and was a member of the Northwest All Star Band alongside such eminent players as Steve Cropper, Billy Preston and Lou Gramm (among others). Shortly after Grand Funk’s final break up in 1983, Farner became a born-again Christian and has also enjoyed success on the Inspirational music charts.

In 2002, Collector’s Guide Publishing issued From Grand Funk to Grace: The Authorized Biography of Mark Farner by Kristofer Engelhardt.
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