Mark Bixby was born in Los Angeles, California on July 11th, 1948. His father died when he was young and his mother remarried after his death. He attended school until the age of 14 but dropped out due to financial problems. He worked at various jobs including working as a janitor and as a security guard for various businesses in the area.
In 1983, he began writing poetry under the pen name “The Unnamed Poet”. He wrote several books of poems and short stories, which were published in 1986 under the pen name “Bobby Seale” (a reference to the Black Panther Party).
These works are considered to be some of his best work. He continued publishing these works through 1993. After that time, he stopped writing altogether.
He had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia since the late 1980’s. He was treated with medication and therapy throughout most of his life.
However, he never fully recovered from his illness and eventually died in 1994 at the age of 28. His last words before dying were: “I’m sorry I couldn’t save you.”
His legacy is still felt today as many people continue to read his work even though they may not have known him personally or knew him only through writings. All of his work can be found on several websites.
Some of his more notable works are “The Dreams of a Dead Man” and “The Many Dreams of Innocence and Experience”.
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Album: The Dreams of a Dead Man
Singer: The Unnamed Poet (Mark Bixby)
Genre: Power Metal
Released: December 18, 1987
The Dreams of a Dead Man is the only known album by Mark Bixby. This album is considered to be one of the greatest power metal albums of all time and continues to sell well.
It is one of the highest selling albums of all time.
The album was released independently through Bixby’s record label “Music Machine Productions”. Since the album was released independently, it did not experience wide spread popularity until the year 2000, when a record company re-released the album.
The Dreams of a Dead Man is a concept album about a man who dies and goes to hell. The songs in this album are all sung by Mark Bixby himself.
In between each song, there is a pseudo-instrumental interlude done by Bixby on an electronic keyboard.
The lyrics of this album are based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. The songs tell the story of a man living in the 1830’s.
He falls in love with a woman named Lenore. They get married and live happily together for many years. Eventually, Lenore dies of an unknown illness. The man becomes very depressed. He eventually dies of a broken heart and goes to hell.
In hell, the devil is represented as a giant beating heart. Each of the songs focuses on different events in the man’s life.
The interlude songs range from being relaxing to really creepy. Some people say that listening to this album at night is a bad idea (and they’re right). It’s a good album to listen to while playing a horror video game.
The music in this album is very complex. It is notable for incorporating many different kinds of instruments, including bagpipes, flutes, and mandolins.
The songs are very fast paced and contain very technical guitar riffs and drum beats. The singer displays a wide range, singing in a mid-range voice during the slower songs and using a rougher voice with a lot of vibrato during the faster songs.
The success of this album launched Bixby’s music career. He would continue to release more albums with his metal band, The Four Winds.
He would later release a second album of concept music based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. This is considered by many to be a weaker album than Dreams of a Dead Man. His other albums include concept albums about Beowulf and Norse mythology, as well as an album with original material.
Bixby’s mental illness became worse as years went by. He was hospitalized several times.
He would later be found dead in his apartment, having starved to death at the age of 40. His death is considered to be a tragedy by many metalheads and he is often remembered as one of the most skilled musicians of all time.