Mark Linkous

Mark Linkous

September 8, 1962 - March 6, 2010

Mark Linkous

September 8, 1962 - March 6, 2010


Frederick Mark Linkous departed this life on March 6, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was born and raised in Virginia, spending much of his childhood in Charlottesville and Southwestern Virginia. Shortly after graduating high school, Mark left Virginia for New York, where he co-founded the band The Dancing Hoods. After a move to Los Angeles, he went back to Virginia where he started his most well-known and beloved project, Sparklehorse, and released four acclaimed albums. His music and words were deeply felt by people all over the world and his beautiful, dreamlike sounds were heard in his production and collaborations with other artists, including Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Danger Mouse and Daniel Johnston. With all his accomplishments, Mark remained humble and extremely modest. He appreciated the creativity of others, not only in music, but also in art, film and literature. He was quiet and gentle, soft spoken and warm. He saw and felt beauty in a powerful way and he never rushed, unless he was on a motorcycle coming out of a hairpin turn. He had strong empathy, a compassionate heart and an exceptional sense of humor. He was kind and he was loved. He will be missed very much by his wife, Teresa Linkous; mother, Gloria Hughes Thacker; father, Frederick Linkous and stepmother, Leta; brothers, Matt, Paul and Daniel Linkous; sister-in-law, Melissa Linkous; his beloved nephew, Spencer Linkous; and many other well-loved family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, 4952 Warner Avenue, Suite 242, Huntington Beach, Calif. 92649. Services will be held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, March 20, at 3 p.m.

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7 responses to Mark Linkous

  1. Scott Mccray says:

    I remember jamming with Mark and a couple of other folks in Mark’s grandparents’ basement in Charlottesville – many, many years ago. We lost touch when I left the area – I’m so very sorry for your loss. He was one of the good ones.

  2. Simply put, Mark was one of the most gifted and unique songwriters out there. Good Morning Spider was the first Sparklehorse album I heard, and it made little sense to me for the longest time. I almost gave up and moved on, but then it finally hit me as the incredibly poignant piece of music that it is. His ability to touch on just about every human emotion imaginable is a rare thing in songwriters these days. I cannot fully express how glad I am that I gave Mark’s music enough time to make a proper impression on me. I’ve since fallen in love with all that he released. I cannot even fathom what Mark must have dealt with throughout his life, and tragic as this is, I’m glad to think that he no longer has to suffer. My condolences to the Linkous family, and I hope that more people grow to realize the absolute beauty of Mark’s music. Rest in peace.

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