R.E.M. are headlining the Pyramid Stage on the Friday.
My little gang – me, Mike, Vicky, Mark, Val, Claire – are relatively close to the front. We are 8 or 9 songs into the set when I turn to offer Mark a cigarette.
“I like to have a smoke when one of my favourites is on,” he says by way of an explanation.
Song 10 starts.
“Now I’ll have one,” says Mark.
The song? This, and whenever I hear it, I think of Mark:
I mention this now because Mark is an amazing artist. Here’s something he sent me the other day:
Yes. That’s a drawing (the blue spot is my fault, can’t get rid of it, sorry!) of a photo that featured in – if I remember correctly – a Melody Maker article, circa 1989.
Amazingly good, isn’t it?
You can follow Mark on Facebook at “Must I Draw You a Picture” (which is a genius name, as any Billy Bragg fan will tell you); ask him nicely and he’ll do something for you, for a nominal fee, of course. I’ll be eternally grateful if you did.