#5 – INTERVIEW – Grand Funk’s Mark Farner Remember Jimi Hendrix

This is part 5 of our 12 part series on Grand Funk featuring both drummer/vocalist Don Brewer and original singer/guitarist Mark Farner who has been out of the band since the late 90’s.

If you know our channel you will know that we talk to many artists. We don’t just talk about them, we interview them. One of my favorite questions is, “were you ever star-struck by anyone?” and/or “did you ever really gel with another artists from a separate band?(Clip MF018)

I asked original and current drummer for Grand Funk Railroad Don Brewer the same questions – did you gel with any particular acts when touring? (Clip DB007)

Everyone reacts to fame in a different way. I remember going to a party at this rock stars house and a friend told me to look under the sink in the bathroom. My first reaction was, “no way.” I hate snooping through people’s stuff.” Anyway I was convinced to do it and and on opening the drawer I saw 4-5-6 gold or platinum albums. The rocker who owned the house hid them. I would not do that but I always ask artist what they do with their awards and gold or platinum albums. Mark Farner… (Clip MF020)

We will have more from our interviews with Mark Farner and Don Brewer next Saturday. Make sure you check out our merchandise store for Rock History Music sweatshirts, T-shirts, mugs and more and thanks for the support. Go to RockHistoryMusic.com or get the links in the description of this video. – by John Beaudin



John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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