Van der Graaf Generator were one of the most unique and important groups to emerge from the British 'underground' music scene of the late 60's and early 70s. Between 1969 and 1978 they created a body of work which in turn excited, overwhelmed, electrified, bedazzled, frustrated, and moved fans and critics alike. With their records and extreme live performances, they earned an intense international cult following, creating music which was considered brilliant by some and inaccessible by others. Over the years, the music of Van der Graaf Generator and lyrics of Peter Hammill have continued to exert a widespread, powerful influence.
Now back together again after a 27 year break, Van der Graaf Generator continue to be a source of interest for fans, musicians, and the critics, who have universally lauded their reformation. Sold out concerts and a new album, which has attracted unanimous acclaim, show that interest in this most original group is running at an all time high.
The inside story of the band is revealed for the first time. It includes up-to-date commentary from all surviving past and present members, input from over sixty others (including celebrity admirers, associates, former employees, friends, and family members), and is illustrated with over 300 photographs and images (many previously unpublished). Van der Graaf Generator - The Book delves into the intense but humorous, bizarre and often difficult inner-workings of an uncompromising rock group.
"It's been fascinating to find out so much that I didn't know about the band I'm in." - Guy Evans