Spanning an incredible 42 years, ‘R-Kive’ is a new 3-CD, 37-track set that documents the band’s history in the most comprehensive way yet. Compiled by the band themselves via a process of collaboration and elimination, ‘R-Kive’ takes an in-depth, chronological journey through the catalogue and – for the first time ever for a Genesis collection – includes three personally chosen selections from the solo careers of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford / Mike + The Mechanics.
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Earlier this year, Genesis have “reunited” for a brand new documentary about the history of the band. The result ist called Together And Apart (for the BBC broadcast) or Sum Of The Parts (for the North American Broadcast and the DVD / Blu-ray release. The documentary is 90 minutes long, spanning the whole career of the band.
The new documentary will be premiered in London on 2nd October and broadcast schedules on TV will follow after that. In the UK, the BBC will show Together And Apart on 4th October at 9.15pm. Meanwhile, the North American broadcast with the title Sum of The Parts will happen on 10th October on Showtime at 8pm E.T. The documentary will be broadcast shortly after the release of the new career spanning 3CD-set R-Kive, which will be released on 29th September.
Sum Of The Parts will also be released on Blu-ray and DVD in November.
Many schoolboys get together to form a band, but few of them go on to become multi-million-selling recording artists – but that’s what happened to Genesis. Its core members – Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks – met at Charterhouse, a public school in Surrey, and began playing together with two other students in 1967. A few years and personnel changes later (including the addition of drummer Phil Collins) and the classic line-up was in place. But relationships within the band were fraught; Gabriel left for a solo career in 1975, and Rutherford, Collins, Banks and Steve Hackett carried on without him. Here, they’re back together again to discuss their careers. Rare archive footage helps tell the story.
When I put on an exhibition of the Genesis photographs at Trading Boundaries last year to coincide with the Steve Hackett unplugged concert being held there, I got the opportunity to meet Steve again – after 37 years!
I asked Steve if I could take some candid photographs of him at work in his studio, either recording or rehearsing. Steve kindly agreed despite having a really hectic schedule of writing his own music, recording and producing Genesis Revisited II, an excellent double album, as well as guesting on other musicians recordings and extra live gigs.
So just before Christmas I visited Steve and his wife Jo at Steve’s studio in Twickenham and took some photographs of Steve – here are some of them….