My Book Of Ge­n­e­sis

Richard MacPhail with Chris Charlesworth

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Ami­able ac­count by Ge­n­e­sis’s pre-Gabriel vo­cal­ist-turned­band roadie. In the be­gin­ning there was Anon, the school group with Richard MacPhail on vo­cals and Mike Ruther­ford on gui­tar. In his fore­word, Peter Gabriel re­calls watch­ing with ad­mi­ra­tion their Stones-like cool and en­ergy. Ruther­ford went on to co-form Ge­n­e­sis with Gabriel and Tony Banks. MacPhail be­came Ge­n­e­sis’s roadie; “they needed me like Ber­tie Wooster needed Jeeves.” This is an also-ran’s tale.

It’s hardly Ham­mer Of The

Gods, but vet­eran mu­sic jour­nal­ist Chris Charlesworth has ham­mered to­gether a highly read­able ac­count from MacPhail’s anec­dotes and band in­ter­views, par­tic­u­larly vivid in evok­ing a pre-dec­i­mal Eng­land of Hill­man Imps, pompous po­lice of­fi­cers and the hideous pre-EU car­net sys­tem en­dured by bands tour­ing abroad.

MacPhail left the group’s em­ploy when he was 22, but was told by Ruther­ford that he was in the frame to re­place Gabriel in 1975. In­stead he ended up driv­ing a mini­cab, then be­com­ing an “en­ergy con­sul­tant”, but this cheery ac­count is free of bit­ter­ness or re­gret.

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