One of the most imaginative, courageous, and unpredictable music acts ever, Genesis evolved from pioneers of progressive music in the 1970s to a global phenomenon, topping charts and selling over 150 million albums worldwide. The story of their band spans thirty years and thirty albums, and through all the changes in the band's line-up and musical direction, the spirit of Genesis has remained constant and undimmed.
Genesis: Chapter & Verse is the ultimate addition to any fan’s collection, setting the record straight as the band’s members tell their story their way. Remarkably, the band survived the high-profile departure of not one lead vocalist, but two (Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins), two influential guitarists (Anthony Phillips and Steve Hackett), and its best-known drummer (Phil Collins). Genesis simply got stronger and bigger – matching the huge solo success of Gabriel, Collins, and Mike + The Mechanics.
A collaboration between all the members of Genesis, past and present,Genesis: Chapter & Verse is the band’s definitive autobiography: an intimate, no-holds-barred, no-stone-unturned history that allows character and personality to come to the forefront. Covering the band’s story as well as the writing and performance of significant songs from each period, this treasure trove of text and photographs provides long-awaited insight into the way this exceptional group of songwriters worked together, allowing the band to dispatch more than a few sacred cows along the way.
The interviews with Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford, Ant Phillips, Chris Stewart, John Silver, Ray Wilson and all the other musicians who have featured in the band, plus key members of their entourage, were conducted between October 2005 and June 2007 by Philip Dodd, who also edited the book.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Hardback, 360 pages
Published 6 September 2007
ISBN 978 0 297 84434 1
St Martin’s Griffin
ISBN 978 0 312 37956 8
Genesis: Toute l’aventureEPA/Hachette
ISBN 9 782851 206671
Genesis: El Libro De Las
ISBN 84 96879 06 2
ISBN 978 88 418 4164 8
ISBN 978 3 85445 288 1
“After the thorough gentleman amateur’s devotion of Genesis Revisited, this large-format book (surely now a part of any major act's marketing plan) is a fantastic souvenir to commemorate the group's 40th anniversary. Genesis must have the greatest survival rate of all 70s survivors, having all original members still alive. To have every voice that has ever been in the band captured is remarkable, with departing members, big and small, being afforded a double-page spread each to catalogue what happened next.
The hardcore may not glean a phenomenal amount, but anyone who has enjoyed more than a passing acquaintance with the band will be delighted. The pictures and the production values are breathtaking. From items as major as writing Supper’s Ready to Peter Gabriel’s departure and the loss of direction with ...And Then There Were Three..., to detail as glorious as Bill Bruford being uppity to Ray Wilson's insecurities, it's all here. Full of witty, pithy quotes such as Gabriel’s comments on his first night at Charterhouse (“The air was full of sounds of boys either crying or masturbating, or both. It was welcome to grown-up school’”), this is essential.” *****
Daryl Easlea, Record Collector
“Prog-rock’s grumpy old men tell their tale. Their frankness makes for an illuminating read.”