Author:Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Like the Ian Anderson book, this is another lavish publication, in large ‘coffee table’ format on top quality paper. It’s the first official history of this groundbreaking and innovative band that seems largely forgotten now, but that at its peak was a massive attraction, both in terms of record sales and concert tickets shifted. Although Keith Emerson and Greg Lake both passed in 2016, the book has been put together in conjunction with their families and of course Carl Palmer, the sole surviving member. It’s based around interviews with the band throughout their long career, many being previously unpublished, and is particularly strong on the years they were in their absolute pomp, from their debut album up to Brain Salad Surgery. There are also lots of previously unseen photos of the band on and off stage to pore over as the members recount their unique story in their own words. If you’re a fan of the band and the pioneering music they produced then this really top quality book is well worth your time as this is as definitive a telling of their tale as we’re ever likely to get.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
ELP in all their prog glory.
One thing you’ve learned
Time to dig out Pictures at an Exhibition, Tarkus and Brain Salad Surgery for another listen – some prime cutting edge music from that era.