The online home for writer, editor, project manager and publishing consultant Mark Brend.



My latest book, The Sound of Tomorrow, was published by Bloomsbury in September 2012. A Japanese edition is due sometime in 2017.

“…an enthralling and informative read from first page to last…” Shindig!

“Mark Brend relates the story of how electronic music has infiltrated the mainstream from the turn of the 20th Century, shaping a narrative that rescues its experimentation from highbrow academia, while making the technical accessible to the likes of us whose phones are cleverer than we are. A touching epilogue reveals how many of these characters have passed on with little mainstream recognition, but Brend’s book ensures that their tales are told.” Record Collector

“Brend thoroughly yet accessibly documents how the [electronic] music sneaked into everyday life as far back as the early 1900s.” Mojo

“Providing a unique perspective, this volume serves as an excellent
complement to existing histories of electronic music.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

I’ve written several other books on my own, and contributed to many others. Here’s a list of them:

Sole author
First and Last (Choice Press) ISBN 978-1-900532-06-8 (2008)
Strange Sounds (Backbeat) ISBN 0-87930-855-9 (2005)
Rock and Roll Doctor (Backbeat) ISBN 0-87930-726-9 (2002)
American Troubadours (Backbeat) ISBN 0-87930-641-6 (2001)

Electro Sound: machines, musics & cultures (Le Mot Et Le Reste) – May 2016
The Songwriter’s Manual (Sterling) book/CD package
ISBN 978-1-435117-77-8 (October 2009)
Classic Tracks: Back to Back (Thunder Bay Press) ISBN 978-1-592238-72-9
Totally Interactive Band Bible (Jawbone Press) ISBN 978-1-871547-78-8 (2007)
Folk Handbook (Backbeat) ISBN 978-0879309015 (2007)
Singles (Thunder Bay Press) ISBN 978-1592236510 (2006)

Commissioning editor and contributor
Albums (Thunder Bay Press) ISBN 978-1592232956 (2005)