The Living Years The First Genesis Memoir

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/10/2015
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

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The story of Genesis is the rock legend of how a humble schoolboy band grew into a group of global superstars. At its center stood Mike Rutherford, driving the music from pioneering prog rock to chart-topping hits. Now for the first time, he tells the remarkable inside story of Genesis and his own band, Mike + The Mechanics.

Against the rhythm of drink, drugs, and lineup changes, Mike's father, a World War II naval officer, always stood in the background. He would watch Genesis grow, supporting them from the very beginning when they toured Britain in the back of a bread van. Through extreme highs and lows, loyal Captain Rutherford was always there, earplugs at the ready.

But when his father suddenly died, Mike was forced to reexamine their relationship and only then began to understand how much their lives had overlapped. The Living Years is a revealing memoir of the relationship between father and son and the story of how music, families, and friendship combine.

Author Biography

MIKE RUTHERFORD is a founding member of Genesis, initially as a bassist and backup vocalist. He often played rhythm guitar and 12-string guitar for the band in the early years. Following the departure of Steve Hackett in 1977, he assumed the role of lead guitarist on the band's studio albums. He is one of only two constant members in Genesis. He also formed Mike + The Mechanics in 1985. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.

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