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My Book of Genesis

Narrated by: Richard Macphail
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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Foreword read by Peter Gabriel. Audiobook read by Richard Macphail. Bonus interview with Steve Hackett. 

School friend, aide-de-camp, and tour manager Richard Macphail was for almost five years the glue that held Genesis together, and in his affectionate memoir, My Book of Genesis, he tells his own unique story of the group's early years. 

Richard was the singer in Anon, the Charterhouse school group that included Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips that would later merge with Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks' group, The Garden Wall, to become Genesis. Richard then became their one-man road crew, shepherding them from gig to gig, providing a cottage where they could live and rehearse, and offering support when it was most needed. 

Richard was there when Phil Collins was auditioned, when Steve Hackett was recruited to replace Anthony Phillips, and when Peter Gabriel left for a solo career. He was in the thick of it as they fulfilled their ambitions, signing to Charisma, touring Europe and America, and recording a series of albums that fans fondly remember as the bedrock of Genesis' extraordinary career. 

In his audiobook's final chapters, he describes his ongoing relationship with Peter, Mike, Tony, Phil, and Steve, a friendship that has endured for more than 50 years. Featuring contributions from all the members of Genesis and cowritten with former Melody Maker journalist Chris Charlesworth, My Book of Genesis is both revealing and forthright, an insider's account that fans will treasure.

"I think that we would have killed each other without Rich." (Mike Rutherford)

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  • Tim
  • 26-12-18

A Must for Every Genesis Fan

Fantastic read, a listen to the audio book contains an intro by Peter Gabriel and a recording of the Steve Hackett interview.

If you’re a fan of Genesis, it’s well worth the read or listen!

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  • Mark O
  • 29-03-19

I had no idea

I consider myself to be a hardcore Genesis fan, with a special fondness and appreciation for their 1970-80 catalogue. I have read Armando’s book several times, plus countless magazine and internet articles on the band, but had no idea what a pivotal and crucial role Richard played in their success. There are wonderful and heartfelt stories recalling the early years of Genesis, and also very interesting and humorous accounts of Richard’s adventures. If you’re a fan of the formative years of the band this is a delightful must read.

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