Preview: Born To Be Wide, Electric Circus,

Born To Be Wide. Pic: Comp
Born To Be Wide. Pic: Comp
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THOSE who like a good rock ’n’ roll yarn are advised to make a beeline for music industry seminar/social club Born To Be Wide at the Electric Circus tomorrow night.

As well as the chance to meet key music journalists and find out how they decide which acts to cover, the daddy of them all, Mark Ellen, takes part in an interview about his remarkable career, and will sign copies of his rip-roaring book, Rock Stars Stole My Life – A Big Bad Love Affair With Music.

Ellen, it’s fair to say, won’t be short on anecdotes.

He has, after all, seen it all over the years.

Whilst at Oxford University in the 1970s, he played bass alongside a certain Tony Blair in the band Ugly Rumours, before going on to write for the likes of Record Mirror and NME.

He went on to write for or edit practically every music magazine you can think of – including NME, Smash Hits, Q, Select, Mojo and The Word, as well as presenting The Old Grey Whistle Test.

In his autobiography Rock Stars Stole My Life, Ellen looks back over some of the highlights of his four decades in the music industry - which include being served champagne by Rihanna, snorting cocaine with Julian Cope, and having Lady Gaga strip for him.

Admittedly, we’re not sure if the latter actually does constitute a ‘highlight’ for Ellen, but you’ll have the chance to ask the man himself tomorrow.

Born To Be Wide, Electric Circus, Market Street, interview with Mark Ellen, 7.30pm; music journalism seminar, 8pm, £6 (£4.50),0131-226 4224