Mark Linkous

Mark Linkous

American singer, composer and rock musician
Date of Birth: 09.09.1962
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Mark Linkous
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Sparklehorse and Later Life

Biography of Mark Linkous

Mark Linkous was an American singer, composer, and rock musician. He was born on September 9, 1962, in Arlington, Virginia, USA, and passed away on March 6, 2010. Linkous is best known as the leader of the rock band 'Sparklehorse'.

Mark Linkous

Early Life and Career

Linkous grew up in a family of coal miners but decided to pursue a musical career instead. He had three brothers - Matt, Paul, and Daniel. His parents divorced before he turned 13. Linkous referred to himself as a "juvenile delinquent" during his teenage years and spent time with a motorcycle gang. His parents sent him to live with his grandparents in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he attended Albemarle High School to be closer to his friends. It was during this time that he started experimenting with alcohol and marijuana.

Mark Linkous

In the early 1980s, Linkous moved to New York and became one of the founding members of the indie group 'Dancing Hoods'. He was responsible for vocals and guitar, while Don Short played drums and Randy Mendichino played bass. The band released their self-titled EP in 1984 and their studio album '12 Jealous Roses' in 1985, which received positive reviews. However, after the release of their second album 'Hallelujah Anyway' and the single 'Baby's Got Rockets', the group traveled to Los Angeles and eventually disbanded without achieving success.

Mark Linkous

Sparklehorse and Later Life

After returning to Virginia, Linkous started writing songs and one of his compositions, 'Sick of Goodbyes', was featured on 'Cracker's album 'Kerosene Hat' in 1993. He then formed the band 'Sparklehorse' and released their debut album 'Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot' on Capitol Records in 1995. In 1996, after joining 'Radiohead' on their first European tour, Linkous experienced a near-fatal drug overdose in a London hotel room. He spent nearly 14 hours unconscious with his legs folded under him and suffered a heart failure due to high potassium levels in his blood. Although he survived and underwent several operations, he was confined to a wheelchair for six months.

Mark Linkous

Despite his recovery, Linkous struggled to regain his previous form. He tragically took his own life on March 6, 2010, by shooting himself in the heart outside a friend's house in Knoxville. He was 47 years old at the time. The police did not find a suicide note but stated that he had personal problems. Witnesses reported that Linkous had been drinking heavily and seemed upset after receiving a text message. He told his friends he was going for a walk and went out through the back door. An eyewitness saw Linkous sit in an alley near Irvin Street, retrieve a firearm, and shoot himself in the chest. He died at the scene.

Throughout his career, Linkous collaborated with various musicians, including Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Daniel Johnston, David Lynch, Nina Persson, Danger Mouse, and Radiohead. His music, characterized by its dreamy and atmospheric sound, continues to inspire fans and musicians alike.

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