JOE MARKKO is widely recognized as one of America’s earliest pioneers in a distinct sub-category of Rock ‘n Roll, Contemporary Christian Music. Cited by Grammy winning guitarist, Mr. Dan Auerbach as one of “the forerunners of an entire genre,” Joe’s music continues to resonate with collectors and enthusiasts around the world.
The author of six books, including biographies of ancient Hebraic heroes, he draws from a life unusually rich in experience and tragedy. Joe’s memoir, “When Someday Comes,” received international recognition when it was awarded Honorable Mention for the Best Autobiography of 2011 by the New York, London, Hollywood and New England Book Festivals.
Somewhere between Wittenburg’s Door and an old man’s scrapbook, this Rest-stop in the Datasphere provides opportunity for memories that matter. Attempting to leave a trail of digital crumbs for children and grandchildren, we trust that visitors will find value, somewhere, on these pages.
MUSIC: “Music is part of my D.N.A.” Formally trained in four instruments by age 12, Joe Markko picked up a guitar at 13 and immediately made it his instrument of choice.
Since then, he’s recorded at RCA in Nashville, Chess Records in Chicago and Cleveland Recording. Copyrighting 60+ songs, and releasing 6 albums along the way, a few of his songs have been covered by musicians as notable as Dan Auerbach [Black Keys], Joe Walsh [Eagles] and Mr. Glenn Schwartz [PG&E and the All Saved Freak Band]. [ more….. ]
BOOKS: Described as “brutally honest,” the work of this former musician, stoner, pastor, church builder, father and failure remains intensely hopeful, intensely personal. His Memoir, ‘When Someday Comes,’ received International recognition when it was awarded Honorable Mention for the Best Autobiography of 2011 by the New York, London, Hollywood and New England Book Festivals. [ more…. ]
ESSAYS: Providing room for editorials, commentaries and encouragements to fellow Pilgrims, the Essays cover a broad range of topics that lend themselves to flights of Editorial fancy. Giving vent to passions and pet peeves, they should all be read with the proverbial “grain of salt.” [ more…. ]
From the Emmy Award Winning Documentary, Eleven West. 1974
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