on 11 February 2014
The previous reviews say this book is not enlightening, is disappointing etc. I have read the first chapter and have found a glaring inaccuracy, which if the book was endorsed by former members of Genesis would surely not have gone un-noticed.
In the book, the author states that the band was previously called 'The Anon', who consisted of Peter Gabriel, Anthony Philips, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Rob Tyrrell. This is wrong. 'The Anon' had Philips, Rutherford and Tyrrell in it, yes. But the glaring omission is that Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks belonged to another band called Garden Wall. I wonder how many other inaccuracies will pepper this book.
In addition to a previous book about Genesis, being in London when a band named 'Garden Wall' put on an intimate gig for knowledgeable Genesis fans (it WAS Genesis incognito), check out this article on Wikipedia: [...]
on 6 December 2012
This was a great idea for a book, and a really good read. Collating press coverage at the time for the early genesis was very interesting, and gave a sense of what it would have been like to have been there at the time. An added bonus was a revealing interview with Steve Hackett which, although it didn't match the time period of the rest of the book, was very candid on his frustrations within the band. Genesis are normally very English and Polite about these things, so its fascinating to read one of them speaking off the record, on the QT, and strictly hush hush.