Mark Kermode: ‘There’s a magic in going on stage with a band’

The Observer film critic’s new memoir focuses on his parallel life in music. Here he talks school bands, busking and recording in Sun Studio...
• Read an extract from Mark Kermode’s memoir How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures

You got the music bug very early…
I’ve been in bands since the year dot. When I was a kid the two things I understood were films and pop music. I remember going to a record store to buy Jealous Mind by Alvin Stardust and listening to it over and over again. Then I saw Slade in Flame – a brilliant fictional film about the rise and fall of a band who are basically Slade – and I thought, that’s it, I want to be a pop star! I didn’t have a guitar and I couldn’t play, but I spent two years at school building an electric guitar from ...