Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review - Genesis' Guitarist Mike Rutherford Tells His Story Through "The Living Years"

English guitarist Mike Rutherford has lived a full life. He was one of the founding members of the hall of fame rock band Genesis and also a founding member of the successful pop/rock super group Mike & The Mechanics. He is also one of the main songwriters of Genesis, penning some of their biggest hits and he has now written his memoir entitled "The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir." It was published on February 10th through Thomas Dunne Books and describes Rutherford's upbringing, the formation of Genesis and how his love of music led his life in many positive directions.
Beginning with his birth in 1950, Mike describes his upbringing in a military family. His early introduction to music through the radio show "Pick of the Pops" and his first concert by Cliff Richard and the Shadows at the Apollo in Manchester. Its great to read about how the stars aligned and the members of Genesis came together from different local bands and released their first single "The Silent Sun" in 1968. The book gives you insight into the recording sessions of each album and how Peter Gabriel's costume antics helped the band stand out in the early days. Mike dedicates one whole chapter to the iconic "Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" album and tour before glancing over Peter Gabriel's departure from the band and the transition of Phil Collins taking on the lead vocals and bringing Genesis to superstardom. Mike also dives into the formation and success of his second band Mike & The Mechanics and how a gap in the workings of Genesis lead to Mike Rutherford being rediscovered as a premier songwriter, guitarist and bandleader. The book closes with Genesis' 2007  "Turn It On Again" tour and how standing on stage in front of half-a-million people put everything in perspective.
Since this memoir was written, the original band mates of Genesis got together for the documentary "Sum Of The Parts," explaining the history of the band. Mike Rutherford is currently on tour with Mike & The Mechanics to promote the 30th anniversary of the band and also to promote the deluxe edition re-release of their best selling album "Living Years." To find out more about Mike's new memoir, "The Living Years," please visit

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