Anthony Phillips: Archives: News Archive 2013

News Archive: 2013

This page features news items from 2013.  

Some of the information included here may now be out-of-date and this page is here for reference purposes only.


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.

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.

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.

The Meadows of Englewood re-issue (News date: 7-4-13)

Ant's collaborative release with Guillermo Cazenave from 1996 The Meadows of Englewood has just been re-issued in a 15th Anniversary edition which combines the original album with a DVD of The Meadows of Englewood video.

The album was recorded in Ant's studio in the summer of 1995 and includes co-written tracks along with solo pieces by both Ant and Guillermo.  The Meadows of Englewood video, which was taped in Barcelona in May 1997 and released on VHS the following year, features mimed performances of four tracks from the album.


Official Quique Berro Garcia website launched (News date: 7-4-13)

Guitarist Quique Berro Garcia, who has collaborated with Ant on album releases such as Antiques, Slow Waves Soft Stars and Dragonfly Dreams has just launched his official website, which can be seen here

Further review of City of Dreams (News date: 26-2-13)

Another review of City of Dreams has been recently published on the Dutch Progressive Rock Page and it can be seen here.

Thanks to Phil Morris for passing on the information about the review.

New interview (News date: 3-1-13)

A new interview with Ant has recently been published on the Something Else! site, which can be seen here.  The content of the interview has also been picked up on by Prog magazine.

Thanks to Nick DeRiso for passing on the information about the interview.

Review of City of Dreams (News date: 16-12-12, updated 3-1-13) 

A review of the new album has recently been published on the Something Else! site, which can be seen here. 

In addition, an Italian language review of the album has now been published on the Il Popolo Del Blues site, which can be seen here.


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