The Living Years
By: Mike Rutherford(Author)
"Now Michael, you're the son of a naval officer, you must behave like a naval officer at all times..."
What Captain William Rutherford told his seven-year-old son Michael was to stay with him all his life.
Bornin 1950, Michael was truly his father's son, even serving in the navalsection of the student cadet corps at one of England's top publicschools, Charterhouse. Mike's future lay in the civil service: it was asubject that he discussed with his father at Captain Crawford'sgentlemen's club. But then something happened. Mike discovered rockmusic.
As one of the founder members of Genesis, Mike was totour the world and achieve international fame. From unpromisingbeginnings - demonised by his teachers as a fomenter of revolution,driving to gigs in a bread van - Mike would go on to crisscross theglobe with bandmates Peter Gabriel and, later, Phil Collins, playing topacked-out stadiums and achieving record sales of over 150 million.Swapping old school ties and Savile Row suits for flares and Afghancoats, Mike and Genesis would pioneer the pomp and theatricality of1970s progressive rock before becoming household names in the 1980s withhits like Turn It On Again, Mama and Land of Confusion.There wasdrink, there were drugs; there were arguments and excess.But, in thebackground - and sometimes in the audience - there was also the loyalCaptain Rutherford, earplugs at the ready, Melody Maker in hand. A proud father still.
The Living Yearsspans the entire history of Genesis, from the earliest days as a schoolband to the triumphant 2007 reunion tour when Genesis played to over500,000 people in Rome. But this is not just another rock 'n' roll memoir.This is also a book about two men whose lives and complex relationshipreflect the seismic social and cultural shifts that took place duringthe twentieth century. A book for every father and son.
A brisk, wryly humorous trawl through his life in music... [and] a further attempt to explore the relationship between Rutherford and his late father, a high ranking naval officer who clearly loved his family but found it all but impossible to express it. --Glasgow HeraldAs much a family saga as a rock autobiography... The result is a very different kind of rock memoir - moving and refreshing. --Mail on SundayRutherford tells the story of his mildly subversive schooldays and the 40 years of his high-flying career in a mellow, forgiving style that celebrates love of family, loyalty to friendship, passion for music, and-in his father's tradition -devotion to duty. --The Times
||The Living Years
||Constable (18 Sept. 2014)
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