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From Grand Funk to Grace: Authorized Biography of Mark Farner Paperback – December 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896522742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896522746
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The founding member and lead guitarist of 1970s rock band Grand Funk Railroad is immortalized in From Grand Funk to Grace: The Authorized Biography of Mark Farner. Author Kristofer Engelhardt (Beatles Undercover) recounts the major and minor incidents of Farner's life, from his salvation at age nine (inspired by Billy Graham's televangelism) to the controversial 1973 haircut that robbed him of his trademark butt-length locks. Punctuated by Farner's musings on the Constitution ("our founding fathers would puke if they saw what is happening to this country!"), good and evil, today's music moguls ("bottom-line oriented bean counters") and more.

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About the Author

Kristofer Englehardt is a diehard Beatles fan and the creator of one of the largest Beatles records collections in the world. His expert commentary on the band has been featured on TV networks including CNN, Fox News, and PAX. He is also a regular speaker at Beatlefest conventions and the author of Beatles Undercover.

Customer Reviews

I do recommend this book to any hard core GFR fan.
Yvonne Graf
Several rare photos are included, and a big plus is the inclusion of a music CD containing both unreleased and remixed music by Mark.
Steve Wice
I thought it was very well written and told Mark's life story perfectly.
Cindy

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Sutherland on April 7, 2003
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Having read this book, which I really enjoyed, I must say that I am impressed with Mark Farner's honesty. Seeing the word "authorized" on the cover of this book, my first thought was "Great...here's another one of those books where everything is someone else's fault, etc." However, I have to say that I am totally blown away by how much of his soul Mark Farner bared in this book. He shares so much detail about his life, his admitted mistakes, etc. (both public and private) that there will never be any need for an "unauthorized" biography. Amazing! Definitely worth reading.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on January 3, 2002
I loved this book! I thought it was very well written and told Mark's life story perfectly.
I was fascinated to read stories about his family life and past history (very interesting!) When I heard that a 'biography' was being written about Mark, I thought....excellent!
I want to know about his childhood, likes and dislikes, etc. and this book covers every aspect of his life. A page turner, with each paged filled with funny facts and breath taking details based on Mark Farner's life. Now and then!
It was all that I had hoped it would be. Very insightful, lots of great information for Farner Fan's! Things are written in the book, that fans would never know.... like Mark's love of aviation and he gets up each morning at 3:AM!
Great old photos, rare and many never seen before. Very Entertaining reading.....
and the CD is just wonderful! I love the song 'Glory Bound' an EXCELLENT bonus with the book.
I highly recommend this book and CD. A must for any Mark Farner fan!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dick Wagner on April 10, 2002
I know Mark Farner and Kris Englehard personally, so I was very happy to hear of this book in its early stages. After reading it, I was even more pleased that Kris and Mark managed to get so many interesting pieces of Mark's life out there for us all to digest. An appetizing meal of rock bravado, foolishness and intrigue and an interesting look at a Rock Star with talent and values. Form Grand Funk to Grace is a cool book and I even get a mention in it. Congratulations guys..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jerry johnson on April 20, 2002
Anyone who has even the slightest brain cells remaining after 1969 and the festivals of the summer of love, know who mark farner is! This savage samite singer of the Shea stadium legendary performance and the lighting bolt that charged Grand Funks shows and albums( yeah , vinyl)was and is stratospheric in his approach to audience participation.You knew from the start of the song , until the last tune , that you were on a laser bound for the heart of rock and roll.This biography does exactly what i would expect from a Mark Farner project, piss you off while chuckling at his brashness.The book is a personal look at the formative relationships of family and the tragedy of losses that took their toll on the young athlete turned musician.A fond recall of the days of yore and how they impacted him. The unheroic flight from armed services via any means possible, even so far as to appear gay or drug addicted. Reckless youthful pranks of every variety and mayhem.A all too normal background in Michigans industial envirement and it's root beliefs, rowdy being the norm , not the exception.The salvation by the music of the era that sparked the drive that possessed the man and the boy to follow an uncertain and unmapped future to rock's shaking shoes , where the glass slipper is always a foot away from royalty, and gold and silver come a in vinyl gem.The drug culture is alive and well in this storied testament to youthful endurance and luck, not to mention miraculous recoveries.The famous co-horts in pranks and mischief are no less than Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, unforunate examples of the excess of stardom that leads to a free fall without a net.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Graf on April 22, 2002
As a teenager in the 70's, Grand Funk was my favorite band. I had posters on the wall, all their albums that I played at full volume over and over much to my parents protests, went to see them in concert as often as possible (still the best I've ever seen live and I've seen a few bands since). When I heard about Mark putting out a biography, I was excited! Finally some questions answered, some secrets told! I could not wait to get my hands on this book! Even more then the GFR story written so well by Aunt Bee, yet told so little about the band. The interviews I read in Goldmine were more informative then that book.
I will say from the start, I liked the book yet have to agree that it did skip around too much from present to future to past. I sometimes had to stop and go back a few paragraphs or pages to see where in Mark's life we were. Yet, it was interesting, insightful and did answer a few of my questions about a person I had admired for so many years. His childhood, losing his father, how he matured and grew as human even after GFR had broke up.
I did read some of the other interviews before writing mine, and it upset me that so many people are calling him a draft dodger and being unchristian like. If Mark were my son, brother, cousin, friend, lover I would've told him to do the same thing at that time. So many men were killed or came back emotionally or physically scared because of a war we had no business being in. This does not mean that I don't admire the men that went. They are brave heroes and deserve the respect we give to all veterans of any war. I respect his decision to do what he did, and I do believe he is a true Christian no matter what. Everyone goes through changes in their lives.
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