Published on July 27th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Grand Funk Railroad Co-Founder Mark Farner On Life During COVID-19, Future Goals, New Music & Michigan Flood Relief
In the often-quoted words of Rolling Stone Magazine writer and editor David Fricke: “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!”
Formed in 1969 in Flint, Michigan, Grand Funk Railroad’s 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than that of The Beatles. To date, Grand Funk Railroad has scored 19 charting singles and 16 gold records and/or platinum records, with over 30 million units sold worldwide. And as one of the founding members of Grand Funk Railroad, singer and guitarist Mark Farner is of course widely-viewed as the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk to the top of the charts.
As embedded below, I had the pleasure of speaking with Farner via Zoom on July 27, 2020 about plenty more than his past, present and future in music. The Michigan native — who still lives in Michigan — recently launched a GoFundMe campaign in May for his Michigan neighbors called the Mid-Michigan Flood Relief, which carries the goal of raising $25,000 to donate to the American Red Cross’ efforts to the residents and areas affected by the Midland County flooding.