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Turn It On Again: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and Genesis Paperback – November 1, 2004
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For me, simple slipshod errors make me think you're a sloppy writer, and you have a sloppy editor, and it calls everything else in your book into question. Two quick examples (off the top of my head): There are two different photos of Mike Rutherford where he is identified as Steve Hackett; and in a section discussing Phil's band Flaming Youth, keyboardist Brian Chatton is referred to more than once as "Brian Chatto". There are more, but I don't have them in mind right now.
The fact that the author proudly refers to himself as a die-hard fan since the 'Foxtrot' days kind of makes me ill...someone supposedly that into the band, and supposedly reverent of their legacy, should get the simple things right. Like musician's names. And I wonder if he really thinks Mike Rutherford IS Steve Hackett? Anyway, I was unable to take his book seriously as a whole. Anybody can get the big facts right...the minutia is the whole reason anyone into the band would want to read this book, and it is sorely lacking in this area. Little to no backstory on the musicians, etc. The author muffed it.
Read the book by the band themselves, or Armando Gallo's, if you can find it. Those are the only two worth reading.
You get the feeling though, that the author is solidly in the camp that Geneis didn't do much of note after Hackett left the band. The entire 80's output feels glossed over, focusing mainly on Colins' solo career and noting that his sucess had an impact on how things were done within Genesis. There just is not that much behind-the-scenes info here covering the period when the band was at the height of their popularity. To be fair, Genesis has never been a band with a seedy back story, so there just might not be that much to say. But given how much space the author devoted to peripheral players, such as the band String Driven Thing -- whose only connection to Genesis was as labelmates and sometime openers -- I was a bit let down by this lack of coverage of the band the book was supposed to be about. Likewise, as has been noted in other reviews, some key events are a bit rushed here. As an example, while the split with Gabriel is of course documented, there is almost no coverage of events leading up to the breakup.
Nonetheless, I unreservedly rate this book a solid 4 stars, and highly recommend it to any Genesis fan. It's a sure bet that you'll learn something new here.
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History on one of the greatest Progressive Rock band in my opinion. Very good read, if you don't know about the band already. I give it A+++.Published on January 13, 2014 by Lurke
Although focused on Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, I was pleasantly surprised at the scope of material on the other band members, and info about extra-genesis collaborations. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Albert E. Ulak