AN INSIGHT INTO STEVE HACKETT’S ‘A GENESIS IN MY BED’

5 May 2020

July sees the publication of ‘A Genesis In My Bed’, the autobiography of Steve Hackett. Long awaited, the book is a highly detailed account of his life, but with a firm emphasis on his years with Genesis which tracks the bands meteoric rise.

Cover Photo: Genesis 1977. Tony, Chester, Mike, Phil & Steve by Armando Gallo

Steve goes into good detail about his time with Genesis, providing great insights into the daily workings of a major Rock band. There are also interesting tales of his personal relationships with the four other band members.

‘A Genesis In My Bed’ also regales stories of Steve’s career since leaving Genesis and the many different journeys that it has taken him on. With his flair for the creative and a great deal of levity, it is a riveting read.

Steve told MetalTalk: “It’s often revealing. There’s lace, loves and butterflies, and I explore personal feelings. I’ve answered many questions fans asked over the years too, such as why I left Genesis. It’s taken fifteen years to bring this book to fruition, writing between tours, recording and legal challenges, but that’s given me time to really develop it.”

The launch of ‘A Genesis In My Bed’ comes as Steve is locked down at home, as we all are, having had to abandon his US tour at short notice.

He continues: “I’d never had to stop a tour halfway before… At least the gigs were postponed, so we will return!

“Being on the last flight from Philly to London brought to mind my song, ‘Last train to Istanbul’. We were lucky to get back home…

“With our ‘Seconds Out’ tour plans, we still have something to look forward to beyond these dark times. We have every intention of playing as soon as venues are open again.”

‘A Genesis In My Bed’ is available to pre-order from Wymeruk, or Steve’s web page.

On joining Genesis…
He lifted his head and looked at me with a steely gaze… “You’ve heard of them, haven’t you?”
Once again I was up against that invisible wall, aware I could either choose to sit there and give in or climb over it. But once over the wall, you can never go back. I knew there and then I was about to take a leap of faith into that new world and that my life was about to change for good. I was to board a spaceship to a new planet with a bunch of aliens. I emptied my glass, put it down and walked out through the door into the sunshine, clutching that ticket to Mars.

On creating The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway…
We were writing and recording at high intensity. The Lamb is a dense album with tons of detail. Everyone brimming over with ideas, the record was as packed with themes as Times Square is filled with people on a busy night, vocals suddenly abrasive like the horn of a New York fire truck. Forget sweet dreams… the drama unfolds day and night.
The Lamb felt like a titanic adventure we were trying to survive… We struck icebergs, but bravely lurched on into shark infested, uncharted waters.

On leaving Genesis…
Had I done the right thing? It was a big risk and a huge step into the unknown. I was leaving a world class band that was by now filling arenas internationally. I had to trust in the power of my instinct and inspiration…

Anecdote about a border customs experience…
On one occasion, after customs found some residual illegal substance left by a previous band in the car we’d hired, we were taken off into separate rooms. The customs guys were confrontational and aggressive, challenging me with large dogs as I stood there without my clothes on. Then suddenly an alarm startled these jumpy characters who swiftly pulled out their guns and spun around wildly, nostrils flaring…

A Genesis gig caught up in a revolution…
The government was about to be overthrown the following day and it was like a tinderbox explosion! There was a riot outside the venue with guns and fire crackers going off and upturned army jeeps in the street. I heard there were fatalities. The gig was oversold. Pyramids of people clambering over each other were dangerously close to the balconies.

Cover to Steve Hacketts autobiography 'A Genesis In My Bed'
Book Cover photo by Tina Korhonen
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