WITH­OUT FRONTIERS: THE LIFE AND MU­SIC OF PETER GABRIEL

Re­vised and up­dated Gabriel. Now with added Brian Pern.

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Orig­i­nally pub­lished in 2013, just as Gabriel took a year off af­ter a flurry of ac­tiv­ity that in­cluded the Scratch My Back cov­ers project with other artists, the New Blood or­ches­tral re­work­ings of some of his cat­a­logue and the Back To Front tour, this en­gag­ing look at the life and ca­reer of the for­mer Gen­e­sis singer has now been up­dated. There's been plenty to talk about in the en­su­ing five years, in­clud­ing Gabriel's ap­pear­ance at the 2014 Pro­gres­sive Mu­sic Awards where he was crowned Prog God, his Rock Paper Scis­sors North Amer­i­can tour with Sting, and the Brian Pern Life In Rock com­edy se­ries on BBC TV which saw Gabriel's char­ac­ter lov­ingly lam­pooned, and even fea­tured a cameo from the man him­self, show­ing his all-round de­cency. Sadly, what it doesn't fea­ture is the stu­dio al­bum fol­low-up to 2002's Up, see­ing as we've now been wait­ing 16 years for a new Gabriel al­bum. Lit­tle won­der the man him­self states here: "I love de­tours and dis­trac­tions and I'll al­ways go off on a tan­gent rather than fin­ish my home­work." Still, if you've not read this knowl­edge­able and lov­ingly cre­ated tome on the great man, it can help oc­cupy your time as we wait for that bloody fol­low-up. JE

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