On the Bookshelf: Genesis, Nick Drake, Jimi Hendrix and Ed Sullivan

By  Susan Sliwicki

“Genesis: Behind the Lines 1967-2007:” Forty years after the release of their first single, Genesis is turning it on again.

In 2007, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford reunited for their first tour in more than a decade, and sold-out concerts greeted the British band whose roots ran deep in the progressive rock scene.

Trace the group’s entire career — from the early days with Peter Gabriel, featuring prog classics like “Supper’s Ready” and “The Musical box” through the Phil Collins years, with hits like “That’s All,” “Invisible Touch” and “I Can’t Dance” — right up to the present day with author Robin Platts. Platts, also known to Goldmine readers as the man behind the Market Watch column, tells the story of the music — the songs and how they were written and recorded; the concerts (from early college gigs to packed stadiums) and how Genesis’ music evolved over the past four decades.

The book is based on extensive archival research plus the author’s own interviews with past and present band members and those who have worked closely with them, including Daryl Stuermer, Bill Bruford and Chris Stewart. It also features more than 150 black and white illustrations.

BONUS: An extensive discography includes solo releases and a section on bootlegs.

“Genesis: Behind the Lines 1967-2007” is available now. (Paperback, 181 pages, $17.95, Collectors Guide Publishing Inc., www.cgpublishing.com).


“Pink Moon”: Learn the untold story of how Nick Drake’s third and final album puttered and purred its way into the new millennium, nearly 28 years after its quiet release and more than a quarter of a century after the artist’s untimely death from a drug overdose.

The album was propelled into platinum status in 2000, when “Pink Moon” was used in a Volkswagen commercial.

Author Amanda Petrusich shows that the use of the song by the advertising team ushered in a new age of commercial potential for underground artists and alternative bands, while also exposing a new generation of listeners to an artist who might otherwise have remained largely unknown.

The book, which is the latest in the 33-1/3 series from Continuum, includes interviews with producer Joe Boyd, string arranger Robert Kirby and the marketing team behind the commercial.
“Pink Moon” is in stores now. (Paperback, 120 pages, $10.95, Continuum Books, www.continuumbooks.com).


Jimi Hendrix Cover.jpg“Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience:” Shine a light on a musical icon whose explosive style pioneered a new generation of rock and roll in “Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience.” The collection was authorized by the Hendrix estate.

With exclusive access to the Hendrix family’s private archives, Authors Janie Hendrix and John McDermott tell the story of Jimi’s life, from his formative years in Seattle through his short-lived days in the eye of a fanatic and dedicated public, to the aftermath of his sudden death and the wake of his legacy.

The publisher also touts the book’s 30 “interactive” features. Printed in full color, the book features a portfolio of Hendrix’s original drawings, diary entries, rare handwritten song lyrics and never-before-seen archival photographs.

BONUS: A 70-minute audio CD offers up interviews and commercially unreleased recordings of live concert music and a Record Plant jam session.

“Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience” is on bookshelves now. (Hardcover, 64 pages, $45, Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, www.simonsays.com).


“Impresario” The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan:” From a hip-shaking Elvis to the mop-topped debut of The Beatles, “The Ed Sullivan Show” brought some of the biggest musical acts of the day into America’s living rooms.

The show, which aired from 1948 to 1971, chronicled the birth of television, the conformist 1950s and the dawn of the rock era, and Sullivan’s signature mix of the highbrow and corn pone made him a welcome guest in viewer’s homes.

But who was the mercurial man behind the show? Find out as James Maguire takes you from Sullivan’s birth in a Jewish-Irish ghetto in Harlem to his career as a Broadway gossip columnist, his stints on the vaudeville circuits and in Hollywood, plus his struggles in television.

“Impresario: The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan” is available now.

(Paperback, 400 pages, $15.95, Billboard Books, an imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications, www.watsonguptill.com).

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