WITHOUT FRONTIERS: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF PETER GABRIEL
Revised and updated Gabriel. Now with added Brian Pern.
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