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The Living Years (English Edition) par [Rutherford, Mike]
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Revue de presse

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 Herald

As much a family saga as a rock autobiography... The result is a very different kind of rock memoir - moving and refreshing. --Mail on Sunday

Rutherford 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

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"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 - demonised 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 - there was also the loyal Captain Rutherford, earplugs at the ready, Melody Maker in hand. A proud father still.

The Living Years spans the entire history of Genesis, from the earliest days as a school band to the triumphant 2007 reunion tour when Genesis played to over 500,000 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 relationship reflect the seismic social and cultural shifts that took place during the twentieth century. A book for every father and son.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 257 pages
  • Editeur : Constable (23 janvier 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00GHK74U6
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HASH(0x993541e0) étoiles sur 5 A great memoir, but also a missed opportunity 26 janvier 2014
Par Chris James - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A great memoir, but also a missed opportunity

For dyed-in-the-wool Genesis fans this book is a must-read: the first memoir by one of only two of the band’s members who’ve been there since the very beginning. However, for the casual Genesis or Mike + The Mechanics fan, there really isn’t much which hasn’t been dealt with in more depth in other biographies. As a genre, the autobiography tends to succeed depending on how controversial it is. While there is the occasional surprising revelation in The Living Years, there are very few indiscretions.

The most entertaining aspect is of course the first-person immediacy; reading about events in Genesis’s history from someone who was there, whereas until now Genesis fans have had to make do with third-person biographies (the most thorough being 2007’s Chapter and Verse). But Rutherford’s life is not only about the music. His father was a captain in the Royal Navy who saw action during World War Two. Interestingly, Rutherford junior draws parallels between his own career and his father’s, so at the beginning of the book we get excerpts from Rutherford senior’s unpublished memoirs as well.

This is a highly enjoyable literary device which, unfortunately, only lasts for around the first third of the book. Once Rutherford junior has joined Genesis, the emphasis is very much on the band, and the author proceeds chronologically through the Genesis discography until his father passes away in 1986, when Rutherford was in the middle of the Invisible Touch tour. Afterwards, he goes through Mike + The Mechanics very quickly, and 2007’s Turn It On Again tour is also not dealt with in any depth.

I can’t help feeling that this memoir should have been substantially longer. The literary device of using excerpts from his late father’s unpublished memoirs was excellent, and should have been kept up throughout the whole book. In addition, I think Rutherford could have said a great deal more on how he created his music: we do get descriptions, especially of songs like The Living Years and Land of Confusion, but I finished this book wishing he’d spent several thousand more words going into a lot more depth. On the one hand, perhaps he feels there’s not that much more to be said, but on the other I think a lot of people are very interested and would have appreciated a greater creative analysis. Certainly a missed opportunity.

Also, on my Kindle version there were around fifteen significant typographical issues: a few repeated words, a number of words which ran together, and - unforgivably for a traditionally published book - two instances of “less” which should have been “fewer”. However, these mistakes did not spoil my enjoyment of the book, and I point them out only because, as a traditionally published book, potential readers are being asked to pay top money for it.

In summary: absolutely a must-read for serious Genesis fans, it’s like having a private interview with Rutherford; some parts are surprisingly personal and more revealing than information in previous Genesis biographies. It is a joy to read about events in Genesis’s history from Rutherford’s own perspective. For the casual fan, there is still much to enjoy, and this is a wonderful insight into the evolution of the greatest rock band in the world. The only drawback is the book’s brevity - it could have, and really should have, been quite a bit longer than it is.
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HASH(0x987d8804) étoiles sur 5 Fun read for long time Genesis fans 26 janvier 2014
Par Ricardo David - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm a life long Genesis fan, own all the albums, and have read I Know What I Like and the Chapter & Verse histories of the band. If you know that material Mr. Rutherford doesn't offer up any surprise revelations about the band's history but its the kind of first hand account that you would never hear in any interview. In particular, I enjoyed the early chapters which highlight how Mike grew up and to this midwestern American it feels like he grew up on another plant... son of a naval officer, boarding school at 8, getting caned by your high school head master... Through it all you get snippets of Mike's father's unpublished memoir and Mike's lifelong journey to shed the stiff upper lip and finally shout out to the world, via this book, how much he loved his Dad.

The fun Genesis bits are typical rock-n-roll fodder you don't hear much about with Genesis; the drugs, groupies, life on the road and a bit more of a window into the real personalities of each band member.
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HASH(0x987d887c) étoiles sur 5 Insightful and inspiring. 31 mars 2014
Par Jim - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am 57 years old and go back to almost the beginning with Mr. Rutherford and Genesis. Over the years I picked up any little tid bit of Genesis info I could get my hands on, all the major band bio books, Melody Maker, NME, Rolling Stone, Circus, etc. Thankfully Mike left out the stories that have been told over and over. The additional insights into his life growing up, his family's trials and tribulations, touring dilemma's, and interactions with Gabriel, Banks, Collins, Hackett and Phillips that I never knew, completes the story for me. Parts of this book made me laugh out loud, particularly the razzing of Tony (musical genius and obviously used to being razzed) Banks.

Mike paints a picture of a very determined English gentleman, both in himself and his father. He has regrets from not saying "those things" to his father that many of us wish we had said to parents who are now gone. Insightful moments that made me think of my own father. It is well written, with a pacing that made it easy to devour. The Living Years was quite touching in places...and just like every Genesis record...I only wish it was longer.

Nice job Mike. Thanks!
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HASH(0x987d8b7c) étoiles sur 5 Inspirational 5 mars 2014
Par JBR - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved this book and could not put it down. I must confess up front that I am a die hard Genesis fan. My first vinyl album was W&W bought at age 10.

This book is a Genesis fan's dream. Mike Rutherford gives a personal inside look at the band. He does an excellent job interweaving the past of his father with his own memoirs.
Great book.
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HASH(0x985ea3fc) étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable, but missing much 3 mars 2014
Par Leslie Eicher - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The first half was an enjoyable read, especially with the parallels he draws to his father's career and the excerpts from his father's journals. But it very much felt like he was rushed to get through the last half of the book, with far fewer excerpts from Captain Rutherford's journals and glossing over major milestones, like the decision to put out an album (Calling All Stations) after Phil's departure. Still, I laughed out loud at some of the British slang (frankly didn't understand some of it), and picturing things like Tony harumphing in disgust at Mike stoned on morphine.
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