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The Book: Serious Fun!,
This review is from: Van der Graaf Generator - The Book: A history of the band Van der Graaf Generator 1967 to 1978 (Hardcover)
The story of Van Der Graaf Generator, a band whose classic, but strange, four-man line-up comprises sax, organ, drums and lead vocals, is almost stranger still. Now it is documented superbly by dedicated fans Jim Christopulos and Phil Smart, one American, the other a Brit, in their mammoth book called simply ‘The Book’. ‘The Book’ is a mix of hilarious anecdotes, gripping horror stories of mid-70s touring and spooky festival incidents which all the time documents the behind the scenes struggles and triumphs of composing and playing the classic albums which the band’s legacy leaves. ‘ The Book’ was written with the full co-operation and consultation of the band members past and, ahem, indeed 'Present', and celebrates the innovative body of work produced by Messrs Hammill, Jackson, Banton, Evans, Potter et al during the late sixties and up to the end(?) of the band in 1978. 'The Book' also boasts a veritable treasure-trove of archive unseen, classic, and new photographs by the likes of Barry Wentzell, Armando Gallo and Ed Clarke which supplements the authors’ fascinating sleuthing and interviews with contemporaries of the band, as well as younger, sometimes unexpected fans such as the blokes out of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Blur.
Van Der Graaf have often been overlooked by the casual rock fan in favour of the more radio-friendly 70s stalwarts such as Genesis, Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin, but once investigated this book helps you realise that the recorded output of this band is ultimately so much more rewarding.
‘The Book’. The ultimate story of the ultimate band. Buy it. Read it. Then you’ll want to read it all over again. It really is that good.