Long time friend and sometime tour manager of Genesis, Richard Macphail has set down the tale of his life in this all too brief autobiography, which he has produced with the assistance of rock journalist Chris Charlesworth..
A very convivial raconteur, he gives a brief summary of his early family life, before moving on to the real start of this story, his time as a pupil at Charterhouse School, where he meets and becomes close friends with the boys who would eventually form Genesis. Originally an aspiring singer himself, he soon realises his talents lay elsewhere, as an organiser and facilitator. As such, as well as remaining a confidante of this close knit group, he falls into the role of their tour manager, enjoying many on the road adventures over the years with the band, before eventually moving on to take on the same position for Peter Gabriel’s first few tours. As he says, most of the interesting stuff happens before he reached the age of thirty, back in 1980, after which a more ‘normal’ life beckoned with his partner. His own recollections and insights are supplemented by personal contributions from all the members of the band, who obviously hold him in high regard to this day.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
This is a very good and enjoyable read, giving a unique and unusual perspective to the story of Genesis. Fast paced and fascinating, and certainly not just for fans of the band, this book is well worth your attention.
One thing you’ve learned
Macphail is a very good storyteller; he doesn’t take himself too seriously, and perhaps because of this has obviously managed to remain on good terms with all the band members going right back to the group’s inception, which I would imagine is no mean feat in itself! The eagle eyed may have spotted his somewhat fleeting appearance in the Genesis documentary a few years ago, while Peter Gabriel has contributed a very charming and thoughtful foreword to the book.