Announcement: RIP Mark Rye

Mark Rye – recording a radio interview for RockHistory, 2016


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mark Rye, founder of


Mark was traveling with his family in Australia in February 2018 when he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.


In 2003 Mark started the website RockHistory, when the death of Pink Floyd’s manager Steve O’Rourke made him realise that memories from the golden age of British music were disappearing.


Read Jon Webster’s touching obituary in The Guardian.


We are currently considering what future lies ahead for the RockHistory project, so if you have any ideas or opportunities for funding for the archive, please contact us on


Mark and a motley crew of industry folk, on the way to Midem, 1985