Minneapolis music icon, Mark Mallman has been characterized as an outsider genius numerous times over the years.
Possibly for his “Elton Johnny Rotten” live show. In 1999, Mallman performed a 26-hour long song titled "Marathon 1". The Red Bedroom, his fourth album, was produced by Radiohead producer Paul Q. Kolderie. In 2004, Mallman’s “Marathon Two” was a 52-hour long song performed at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. Seventy-five musicians took turns backing him up.
Badman Recording Company released Mr. Serious that same year. On October 10, 2010, he a 78-hour long song with out sleeping. "Marathon III" came complete with 576 pages of rhyming lyrics. He finished at 10pm on Sunday night by biting into a bouquet of flowers and spitting them over the crowd. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman declared October 7-10, 2010 “Mark Mallman Days” in honor of his creative achievement.
In 2012 Double Silhouette was released. From September 15 to Sept 22, that year, he endured "Marathon IV: Road Rogue", an 8 day, 150-hour plus nonstop performance from New York to Los Angeles in the back of a van. It was the first ever intercontinental mobile musical webcast in the history of the Internet. 2016's The End Is Not the End, Mallman exposed himself to the to rawest nerve. The acclaimed album is a meditation on overcoming the loss of his mother due to mental illness.