LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 32: Mark Scott of Fracture

Mark Scott/August 7, 2013

Mark Scott grew up in a wealthy Christian family, firmly isolated from the harsh reality of life outside his palatial home and private school. Then he was infected with the germ of punk. Already questioning the beliefs he was subjected to as a chlid, punk only served to open young Mark’s mind to a world of compassion and action. He went on to play in one of the most popular Phillly pop-punk bands of the 1990s, Fracture. He also went through a “wild stage,” which we discuss. Years later, Mark now teaches in a Philadelphia public school to young people who’ve grown up poverty. The lessons of caring and compassion that were honed by punk still play a role in how Mark relates to his students (who truly love him). Far removed from his upbringing, Mark brings something positive and nurturing to his family and students. His gregarious enthusiasm shines through this interview. (Sadly, while we discussed it before the interview, we never got around to talking about how — at a show many years ago — a drunken dimwit mistook him for someone else and knocked him cold, beat him about the head, and then curbjawed Mark, leaving him with his jaw wired shut.)

 

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