'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. Born in 1950, Michael was truly his father's son, even serving in the naval section of the student cadet corps at one of England's top public schools, Charterhouse. Mike's future lay in the civil service: it was a subject that he discussed with his father at Captain Crawford's gentlemen's club. But then something happened. Mike discovered rock music. As one of the founder members of Genesis, Mike was to tour the world and achieve international fame. From unpromising beginnings, Mike would go on to crisscross the globe with bandmates Peter Gabriel and, later, Phil Collins, playing to packed-out stadiums and achieving record sales of over 150 million.
From unpromising beginnings-demonized by his teachers as a fomenter of revolution, driving to gigs in a bread van-Mike would go on to crisscross the globe with bandmates Peter Gabriel and, later, Phil Collins, playing to packed-out stadiums and achieving record sales of over 150 million. Swapping old school ties and Savile Row suits for flares and Afghan coats, Mike and Genesis would pioneer the pomp and theatricality of 1970s progressive rock before becoming household names in the 1980s with hits like "Turn It On Again, Mama" and "Land of Confusion." There was drink, there were drugs; there were arguments and excess. But in the background-and sometimes in the audience-was Mike's father, Captain Rutherford, a naval officer whose life at first seemed nothing like his son's. It was only after Mike discovered his father's unpublished memoir did he discover how similar their lives had been.Already a bestseller in Britain, The Living Years spans the entire history of Genesis, from the earliest days as a school band to the triumphant reunion tour when Genesis played to over 500,000 people in Rome.
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 Mike Rutherford
Number Of Pages 256 pages
Publication Date 2015-02-10
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publication Year 2015
Copyright Date 2015
Weight 16.2 Oz
Height 1 In.
Width 6.5 In.
Length 9.3 In.
- EAN 9781250060686
- ISBN 9781250060686
- Brand St Martins Press
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