Van der Graaf Generator - The Book: A history of the band Van der Graaf Generator 1967 to 1978 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2005
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"A grand work unbeatable in terms of accuracy and graphic quality." -- Jam (Italy)
"A narrative of considerable exuberance... backed up by an abundance of documentation, photographs, and trivia." -- Mojo [4 star review]
"Will obviously be of interest to fans, but it also provides fascinating insights into the culture of the times." -- Guitar Player (July '06)
An entertaining account of Hammill and co's byzantine history... it's a rollicking good read. -- The Wire (March '06)
The book is a glorious romp for both the initiated and newcomer alike... A remarkable, informative tale. -- Record Collector [5 star review]
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In the beginning I knew no more about the history of the band than what was in the brief notes that came with two compilation CD's. Ever since I had discovered Van der Graaf Generator (in the Genesis biography by Armando Gallo) I had tried to put together a picture in my mind about how it all had been. The public library had biographies about many different bands, but none about Van der Graaf Generator. And only some of my questions were answered by the brief notes in the two CD's, First Generation and Second Generation, which mostly dealt with the line-up. I knew already that for instance the bassist from the first albums had rejoined the band for their last albums. And I knew the band hadn't been together from 1972 until 1975. But I wanted to know how and most of all: why.
I waited for fourteen years, until in 2000 the four CD box called The Box was released. The most important reason for me to buy it, apart from completing my collection, was that it came with a small book about the history of Van der Graaf Generator. That made me happy, but it didn't still my hunger for information about my favourite band.
Then I waited another five years, and in 2005 found out about the book called The Book. At last, at long last there is a biography about Van der Graaf Generator! I immediately bought it and read all (about) 320 pages in just a few days. It is a big, heavy and all-embracing piece of work, chronologically told from the formation in 1967 until the end in 1978 (with an epilogue about the Present in 2005).
By no means The Book is a dry collection of facts. Nothing whatsoever.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has become one of my most treasured possessions.
Having followed both the man and the band since around 1974, I was simply amazed at the level of detail and the degree of... Read more
Its totally fantastic and informative either for a fan of the band or just a casual observer it`s very entertaining and and enlighteningPublished on 15 April 2014 by michael adamski
I would agree with the many comments about the written content of the book. I learned a lot about the band, and their various musical offshoots. Read morePublished on 27 July 2013 by OldSynner
Love this book! I knew very little of the history of VDGG and after reading this very insightful story made me totally fall in love with the band even more! Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by Gaz
It's well written and not arty-farty and not full of musical criticism or critique.
More a story of how they met and what happened on tour. Read more
I read this book in a day while laid-up with a broken toe. This admittedly was my own fault because I carelessly dropped the book on it, but nonetheless it is a magical diary of... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2011 by Mr. Thomas Graham
This is a fabulous account of the band, written by two fanatics. It includes many previously unseen pictures and tour posters, tickets stubs etc. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2009 by SCB
The greatest book about *any* band ever!!!
If you have ever heard the unforgettable voice of Peter Hammill, the astonishing drumming of Guy Evans, the virtuoso keys of... Read more