Mark Mallman's 'The Happiness Playlist' Out Today

Mark Mallman's 'The Happiness Playlist' Out Today

Composer, songwriter, performer and Minnesota music legend Mark Mallman today releases his debut book "The Happiness Playlist" (Think Piece Publishing), an uplifting memoir written about the months he spent listening exclusively to feel-good music as an experiment to make his way through bouts of grief brought on by the death of his mother, the end of a relationship and winter in the frozen midwest. A true story of a soul beset by grief and healed by music, "The Happinesss Playlist" is sure to connect with anyone who's ever hung onto a song like a lifeboat. Mark's actual Happiness Playlist, which includes everyone from Van Morrison to St Vincent, Whitney Houston and Junior Senior, is available for streaming here:

In the book's foreword, author Chuck Klosterman describes Mark Mallman as "legitimately original, exclusively motivated by a desire to conquer the strange obstructions he builds inside his mind."

Early reviews find praise for Mark's book debut calling it, "a life-affirming and thoroughly enjoyable read" (BlueInk Review), "a moving, entertaining and well-written reflection on the art of living, music, grief and joy" (IndieReader 4.5/5), and hailing "The Happiness Playlist is a memoir with the potential to inspire others to see music as a comfort, a companion, and a healing balm" (Foreward Reviews, 4/5).

Of the book, Mark's longtime friend and sometime collaborator Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) says, "The Happiness Playlist is funny, thought provoking, and just plain helpful. It's the best book on grief that I've ever picked up. This examination of music listening as a method to combat heartbreak is a joy to read. You need it."

"The Happiness Playlist" (144 pgs, Think Piece Publishing) is available on Amazon:

Mark will be performing book readings and music shows this spring. Dates below:

3/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *Book Release Show, live music show with full band + book signing
4/3 - St Paul, MN @ Subtext Books, reading & signing 7pm

4/5 - Eau Claire, WI @ The Plus, live music show

4/6 - Winona, MN @ Paperback & Pieces, reading & signing 4:30
4/6 - Winona, MN @ Ed's No Name Bar, live music show

4/23 - Rochester, MN @ Artheads, book talk and solo piano at Canvas & Chardonnay

5/10 - Duluth, MN @ Fitgers, reading & signing 5:30pm

5/10 - Duluth, MN @ Red Herring, live music show

5/11 - Fargo, N*E*R*D @ Aquarium, live music show

Find more info on "The Happiness Playlist", dates for book events, music shows and more at:

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