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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential, but ultimately disappointing, 1 April 2014
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As a Genesis fan for 35 years I had to get this book and I enjoyed the behind the scenes info on the band and the music but there just wasn't enough of it. I enjoyed all the details about the early years but then it seemed the typical scenario occurred: deadlines loom, author gets slightly bored with the whole thing (Mike hardly needs the money) and it starts to rush, then the last 30 years are covered at a pace and whole albums get one or 2 lines. I wanted much more detail about the music but Mike seems bored with his own canon. Only Genesis fans will want this book after all, and we want detail! The premise of the book was interesting but again this peters out from about halfway through. It was as though the book started off twice as long but some editor got rid of 70% of the second half of it. This is ultimately a good review as I really enjoyed reading it but was just sad when it ended so soon and with the later years covered in a massive hurry. However for the price of 3 beers, you get great value really and I really enjoyed it, so BUY! 4 stars only because of shortness of the book. Dave
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2014 11:43:28 BDT
ashfreak says:
Totally agree with you Dave, and said as much on someone else's review. It just wasn't long enough! Too much latter years stuff was simply skimmed over, and perhaps a bit too much emphasis placed on the Charterhouse years etc. As you say, real fans (like it or not) are interested in how the albums are made, written, put together, come up with etc etc. Fans LIKE detail that to a non-fan would be totally uninteresting. I don't know if you're a Wishbone Ash fan at all, but Martin Turner (original bass player/lead vocalist) has recently written his autobiography, and it was about 430 pages - choc full of the sort of information that dyed-in-the-wool fans lap up and enjoy. Don't misunderstand me, I enjoyed the MR book too, but couldn't help feel it was an opportunity missed.
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