Los Angeles native Mark Leviton had his first national publication in Rolling Stone while still in high school (a vicious pan of David Peel’s American Revolution album that he now feels was a bit harsh) and has written on music, film, books and popular culture for over four decades, with hundreds of credits in L.A. Weekly, Phonograph Record Magazine, Fusion, BAM Magazine, Music Connection, New Musical Express, Let It Rock, Cream, The Los Angeles Times, Mojo, The Sun Magazine and many other publications. Much of his writing is archived at www.rocksbackpages.com, www.thesunmagazine.org and his own website www.petsoundsmusic.com.
From 1979-2004 he was with the Warner Music Group in Burbank, overseeing the release of over a thousand compilation albums and boxed sets, including The Cure’s Join The Dots, Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the ‘80s Underground, The Magic of ABBA, Freedom Rock and Time-Life’s Rock and Roll Era series. He also licensed recordings for such films as The Big Chill, Goodfellas and Great Balls of Fire, and classic TV shows including Moonlighting, Thirtysomething, The Gilmore Girls and Miami Vice. Before that he managed one of the original Rhino Records retail stores in Claremont, California. Mark graduated in 1974 from UCLA with a B.A. in English, having spent his junior year at the University Of Birmingham (U.K.) where he divided his time between drinking warm beer, going to see Fairport Convention, Slade, Wizzard, The Kinks, Roxy Music, King Crimson and Genesis, and watching Monty Python's Flying Circus and Top Of the Pops. He's lived in Nevada City since 2005, and has three grown children, one ex-wife, and way too many LPs, CDs and Grateful Dead live cassettes.
Pet Sounds is broadcast the 1st, 3rd and sometimes 5th Wednesdays of each month from 10pm-midnight, and features music of and inspired by the sixties. Playlists, podcasts and other fun stuff can be found at www.petsoundsmusic.com.