- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Wymer Publishing
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Nov. 2018
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07KRN3KTS
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My Book of Genesis Audiobook – Unabridged
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However. the book also provides real insight into the world of the touring band as Macphail worked as road manager, not only for Genesis but on Peter Gabriel's first few tours. There are revealing stories about life on the road with Brand X, Leonard Cohen and Peter Hamill. Every artist is different (as are their audiences) and Macphail has a gift for adapting and making the best of difficult circumstances. All of this written with grace and wit.
While Macphail can be amusingly waspish he is never salacious. This is no kiss and tell, rather the view of a man who understands that behind every artistic genius there is a person making sure it all happens on time and hopefully within cost.
Away from music, he writes beautifully about the world of possibilities that unfolded during the 70s and 80s, being a part of the Frestonia community in London, trying to earn a living during the excesses of Thatcher's early years and eventually becoming a roving expert on renewable energy.
As a background, their is the slowly unfolding story of his troubled relationship with his parents, only coming to a deeply touching conclusion as his father lay dying.
So, yes, a great book about Genesis but even better story about a truly lovely person's life during a wonderful time to be alive.
And he does so with the keen eye of the passive and sometimes not so passive, observer. Richard's Boswell, to the band's, Johnson. And does so with no little skill as a storyteller, as he weaves his own family story into that of the band's. An absolute delight.
Essential reading for any Genesis fan.