Mark Ryan (guitarist)
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Mark Ryan Guitarist

Mark Ryan
Born(1959-03-02)2 March 1959
Died31 January 2011(2011-01-31) (aged 51)
Other namesMark Gaumont
The Kid
OccupationMusician, playwright
Known forBritish guitarist (The Ants); playwright

Mark Ryan (2 March 1959[1] – 31 January 2011)[2][3] was an English guitarist who played in different punk bands during the late 1970s.

He was born in Tottenham, London,[1][4] to an Irish Catholic family. His father was a university lecturer and his mother was a nurse and midwife. Ryan left school at sixteen, working in factories and dedicating to music.[3]

In 1977, after being in a number of experimental punk bands, he joined The Ants, replacing Lester Square, to complete the line-up who debuted live at the ICA restaurant in May, recorded Plastic Surgery and a number of demos[5] with the band. After appearing with the band in the Derek Jarman movie Jubilee (released in July 1977) Ryan was fired in October 1977 shortly before the band lengthened its name to the more familiar Adam and the Ants.[6] Subsequently, he joined The Photons, and was involved with The Moors Murderers. The vocalist in both bands was Steve Strange, who later became the singer for Visage. He also was in King, alongside The Damned's Captain Sensible.[7][8]

From 1985 to 1989, Ryan attended the Dartington College of Arts, earning a bachelor's degree in music in 1989. He turned his interest in performance to the theatre and began a successful career as a writer for the stage based in Cardiff, Wales. He is the author of The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde As Told To Carl Jung By An Inmate Of Broadmoor Asylum, first produced in 1998.


Ryan lived in Heath, Cardiff, Wales for many years until his death there on 31 January 2011, aged 51.[4] Ryan had suffered from ill-health, and succumbed to complications caused by liver damage.[9]


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  2. ^ Doc Rock. "2011 January to June". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b Davies, Lewis (1 March 2011). "Mark Ryan: Guitarist with Adam and the Ants who became a successful playwright - Obituaries - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Adam and the Ants guitarist's funeral held in Cardiff". Wales Online. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "<>". Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "<>". Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "TalkPunk o View topic - Mark The Kid Ryan RIP". Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Community Pages". Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Davies, Lewis (1 March 2011). "Mark Ryan: Guitarist with Adam and the Ants who became a successful playwright - Obituaries - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2013.

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