Van Der Graaf Generator, The Book: A History of the Band Van Der Graaf Generator to [Jim Christopulos] on mitliotrachighgold.ml *FREE* shipping on . Van der Graaf Generator - The Book - Kindle edition by Jim Christopulos, Phil Smart, Hugh Banton. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC. Van der Graaf Generator were one of the most unique and important groups to emerge from the British 'underground' music scene of the late 60's and early 70s.
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Van Der Graaf Generator, The Book book. Read 4 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A History of the Band Van Der Graaf Generator Van der Graaf Generator - THE BOOK (and POSTER) Jim Christopulos and Phil Smart Published by "Phil and Jim" - November 11th ISBN The most important reason for me to download it, apart from completing my collection, was that it came with a small book about the history of Van der Graaf Generator.
For the part I was involved with, I thought that you had captured the spirit of the thing very well and told it how it was. It really brought it all back to me. Well done!
The research is great - there is much here that I didn't know - and your passion for the band comes through loud and clear. It's actually an honor to be quoted in the epilogue.
It has sent me back to my Van Der Graaf and Peter solo albums pretty much every night for the last couple of weeks. Congratulations on a job very well done and done with love. I loved it.
It brought back so many memories. And The Book did bring it home to me how unique Van der Graaf were.
The book includes up-to-date commentary from all surviving past and present members, input from over sixty others including celebrity admirers, associates, former employees, friends, and family members , and is illustrated with over photographs and images many previously unpublished. Van der Graaf Generator - The Book delves into the intense but humorous, bizarre and often difficult inner-workings of an uncompromising rock group.
The Book has taken two years to complete and can now be downloadd online via this website. It contains pages, in hardback cover with dust jacket "the bright dust jacket of public acclaim" , and in full colour where appropriate. I have learned the inside story behind the Van der Graaf Generator-roots in the sixties, the connection with Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Brown, and what exactly Judge Smith was doing in America before coming back and coming up with the name of the band. I know what started David Jackson to play two saxes simultaneously, and how Hugh Banton came to play bass pedals.
I know all there is to know about the famous Six Bob tour. I know what the members of the band did in the in-between-years from until I know how, why, where and when they reformed, and how Godbluff was conceived.
I know about the connection of Van der Graaf with punk. And I now know about the musical activities of all of the members outside Van der Graaf Generator.
I know it all. The writers, Jim Christopulos and Phil Smart, have succeeded in interviewing an enormous number of people, amongst whom, apart from the band members, Peter Gabriel, Arthur Brown, Hugh Hopper, Gordian Troeller, George Martin and Paul Whitehead, who all have very interesting stories to tell. Stories which, upon reading them, makes one wonder why they were never written down before.
An abundance of small, detailed recollections succeeds in giving colour to these far-off days.
I learned about the games they played, the equipment they used, the fun they had writing, rehearsing and performing, and the general atmosphere of the seventies. And then there's the pictures! Many beautiful pictures that stick to mind after only having seen them once.
There's too many to mention. The first example that springs to my mind is a picture from inside the tour-bus of David Jackson and Hugh Banton in conversation, holding some cable from some complex piece of equipment, while Peter Hammill is in the background reading a book. But there's also a picture of the announcement for the very first Van der Graaf Generator-gigs.
There's one of a very young Hugh Banton with his piano and organ teacher. Pictures of the roadies, pictures next to the van, inside hotel-rooms. Pictures of the four, rehearsing for Godbluff.
Guy Evans riding a bike. And there's the most beautiful and interesting reproductions of tour date sheets with lines such as Wednesday 17th May Kooky's phone number is: Frankfurt He is booking the hotel for you but you are paying".
If you claim to know anything about Van der Graaf Generator at all, you just can't afford not having read The Book.