Mark E Smith

  Male      English      Musician

  Born : Mar 05, 1957  

About Author

Mark Edward Smith (born 5 March 1957) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer, lyricist, frontman and only constant member of the English post-punk group The Fall.

Born into a working-class family in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England, Smith moved to nearby Prestwich early in life. In his autobiography, he claims that Alfred Henry Hook – a soldier who fought at Rorke's Drift – was an ancestor of his father, leading to the Smith family being invited as guests of honour to the Whitefield showing of the film Zulu in which Hook was played by James Booth. Originally a Labour supporter, he then joined the Socialist Workers Party.

He formed The Fall (named after the novel by Camus) with friends after dropping out of college at the age of 19. He gave up his job as a shipping clerk at Salford docks shortly after to devote his full energies to The Fall and has continued to do so ever since. Smith married Chicagoan guitarist (and Fall band member, 1983–89, 1994–96) Brix Smith on 19 July 1983, although they divorced in 1989. He has since remarried twice; his second wife was Saffron Prior who used to work for The Fall's fan club. He married his present wife, Eleni (sometimes called Elenor or Elena) Poulou, in 2001, and she joined The Fall in September 2002...

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