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'Ant Day' prize-winners (News date: 27-3-14)

Between 1990 and 2001 an annual competition was run (initially under the auspices of the long-running Genesis fanzine The Waiting Room and subsequently via Ant's official publication The Pavilion), the prize for which was the chance to meet Ant.  We are currently in the process of re-establishing contact with all the people who were fortunate enough to win a place at one of the 'Ant Days' as they became known - if you were one of the winners then please get in touch.

Archive Collection Volume One (News date: 12-3-14, updated 17-3-14)

Ant's retrospective release Archive Collection Volume One has been out of print for some time but we are pleased to announce that a new pressing of the album is being made available.  

First released in March 1998, the CD features previously unreleased recordings including demos that Ant recorded with Mike Rutherford in September 1969, just prior to Genesis playing their first live shows. 

A limited number of the original release of the album included a bonus CD featuring five further archival tracks but we understand that this new pressing will consist of just the one main CD.  

This is a new pressing of the album to be make it available again - it is not a re-mastered re-issue and no extra tracks have been added to the running order.

The new pressing of Archive Collection Volume One is available to order now from Amazon.

 

Something Else Reviews Genesis feature (News date: 16-2-14)

The Something Else Reviews site has just published an interesting feature written by Nick DeRiso which outlines thoughts by Ant, Steve Hackett and Ray Wilson on some key Genesis tracks.

Thanks to Nick for passing on the details of the feature.

Mike Rutherford: The Living Years (News date: 1-1-14, updated 6-1-14)

Mike Rutherford: The Living Years

Published on January 23rd 2014, 'The Living Years' are Mike's long-awaited memoirs which span the entire history of Genesis. They paint a vivid, candid and often amusing picture of the formation of the group at Charterhouse School through to the band's rise to international success and stardom as well as the founding of the Mechanics.  

All is told through the prism of Mike's relationship with his father, former naval officer Captain Rutherford, whose support for Mike's career changed the course of rock history; and whose influence on Mike's life gave us The Living Years, Mike & The Mechanics biggest hit.

Ant has helped Mike during the writing of the book by sharing some memories from the formative period at Charterhouse and the band's early years.

The Living Years is available to order now from Amazon as a hardback and as a Kindle Edition.

 

Bargain Hunt (News date: 30-9-13, updated 1-1-14)

The long-running BBC Television daytime show Bargain Hunt gives two teams of amateur collectors the challenge of finding the best bargains at an antiques fair with just an hour to buy three items with a budget of 300 pounds.  Their purchases are sold at auction with the team that generate the largest profit (or smallest loss) winning the challenge.

As well as the competitive part of the show, the programmes regularly include an insert item which is often based around a place of historical interest or a landmark in the local area where the particular episode has been recorded.  Earlier this year, Ant was approached to take part in one of these items on the subject of music at Charterhouse and in July he was interviewed in the Hall at the school by the show's regular host Tim Wonnacott.  The edition of Bargain Hunt with Ant's interview was broadcast on BBC1 on 20th December.

German Genesis fan club event (News date: 10-10-13, updated 1-1-14)

The German Genesis fan club have announced that Ant will be the subject of their next event which will be taking place on 22nd and 23rd March 2014 at Eichenzell-Welkers in Germany.  Ant has agreed to attend the event on both days and will be answering questions from fans and signing autographs but he will not be performing live.  More information about the event can be seen here.  

Update: The original event sold out within four hours so given the level of interest it was expanded to an extra day.  Tickets for the second day of the event have now also sold out.

New Genesis book (News date: 15-9-13)

Genesis: Gli Ani Prog by Mario Giammetti

A new Italian language book on Genesis - Gli Anni Prog - by writer Mario Giammetti has just been published which covers the Prog years between 1969 and 1975.  

The studio albums of that period (from From Genesis To Revelation to The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway) are critically analysed with the fundamental input of all band members, interviewed by Mario himself and British journalist Mike Kaufmann.

Uniquely for this book, Mario listened to of all the albums together with some of the protagonists: Tony Banks (who also wrote the interesting foreword), Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips who all kindly dedicated their time to comment, minute by minute on the music, thus providing some unique insights into the creative process.

Although the book (which features 240 colour pages with a lavish layout) is written in Italian, it is still worthy for Genesis fans worldwide, thanks to loads of rare and previously unseen photos, as well as ticket stubs and other memorabilia. It also features an updated and accurate list of all the gigs of the Genesis tours, compiled with the help of American collector George German .

As well as editing the long-running Genesis magazine Dusk, Mario has previously written a number of other books about Genesis and the individual band members, including The Exile, a biography of Ant which was published in 2008.

Gli Anni Prog is available to order now from Amazon.

 

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