I must confess my initial hopes for this book weren’t that high. A book on one of those quintessentially English bands written by an American who wasn’t even born when they released their first album and who didn’t buy a Marillion album until 2000. However, I have to eat my words, as this is an excellent book, thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. In fact, the author being American gives a slightly different perspective on the band’s music, and the detail he goes into is very comprehensive indeed. The history of the band is charted from their early days as Silmarillion, and the author takes us through their story up to the end of the eighties, giving a detailed analysis of each album along the way alongside what was happening within the band at the time. Although there’s a brief look at events after the main period covered, the book effectively ends with the departure of Fish, covering his first solo record Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors, and the recruitment of his replacement Steve Hogarth for the first release with the new line up, Season’s End. Fish set out on a solo career that had more than its share of ups and downs before a welcome resurgence in its latter years, while the Hogarth line up continued with the brand name, although musically they were a very different beast. Take your pick which you prefer, but the book is a first class read for fans.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Marillion and Fish.
One thing you’ve learned
In the early eighties the band got through drummers at a rate Spinal Tap would have been proud of!