Richard Macphail — The Latest News

He's back. After many years away, Richard Macphail is back in 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first ever Genesis release...

Latest news... Richard Macphail will guest at:

  • Gabriel: The Second Coming, Chalkwell Hall, Southend On Sea, 28th March 2018. To celebrate the publication of the new updated paperback version of Without Frontiers: The Life and Music of Peter Gabriel, its author Daryl Easlea will be in conversation with the legendary Richard MacPhail, author of My Book of Genesis
  • Genesis Weekend, Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, March 31st — April 1st 2018
  • Matters of Vinyl Importance, 163, Hoxton Street, London N1 — May 2018 TBC
  • USA Trip: Richard to visit to America including Chicago, Boston and New York, June 2018
  • The Italian Genesis Weekend at Nocera Umbra, Perugia, July 20th — 22nd 2018
  • The 35th Haldern Pop Festival, Germany, August 9th — 11th 2018

...and there will be more TBC

Latest news of current book availability...

  • Latest... My Book Of Genesis is now available in the UK/Europe in print; in America on import via Wymer; in Australia and New Zealand via print-on-demand
  • Latest... My Book Of Genesis will be published in America and Canada in 2018 via print-on-demand
  • Latest... And is now available worldwide via Kindle

About the book...

My Book Of Genesis by Richard Macphail with Chris Charlesworth:

  • Features stories of Richard's life and times with Anon, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill and Leonard Cohen
  • Features contributions from each member of Genesis
  • Illustrated with 30 photographs
  • Foreword by Peter Gabriel

Chapter titles include... * In the beginning * Mick Jagger – The Devil incarnate * The wilderness years * Eyeless in Gaza * Cottage life * A little bit of charisma * Mellotronics * The grand tour * The guy in the top hat * Why did you leave Genesis? * Why did Peter leave Genesis? * The kraken wakes * Busted in St Gallen * Birds on the wire * The reunion

"I think that we would have killed each other without Rich" — Mike Rutherford

School friend, aide-de-camp and tour manager, Richard Macphail was for almost five years the glue that held Genesis together, and in his affectionate memoir he tells his own unique story of the group’s early years. 

Richard was the singer in Anon, the Charterhouse school group that included Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips, which would later merge with Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks’ group The Garden Wall to become Genesis. Richard then became their one-man road crew, shepherding them from gig to gig, providing a cottage where they could live and rehearse and offering support when it was most needed. 

Richard was there when Phil Collins was auditioned, when Steve Hackett was recruited to replace Anthony Phillips and when Peter Gabriel left for a solo career. He was in the thick of it as they fulfilled their ambitions, signing to Charisma, touring Europe and America and recording a series of albums that fans fondly remember as the bedrock of Genesis’ extraordinary career. 

In his book’s final chapters he describes his ongoing relationship with Peter, Mike, Tony, Phil and Steve, a friendship that has endured for over 50 years. 

From the Foreword by Peter Gabriel...

“There were many wonderful and funny moments in the underfunded and chaotic travels of a young band trying to make it, as you will discover when you read this book. He was our unsung hero and when I eventually left Genesis, it was to Rich that I turned once again as my tour manager, for another two years of travelling adventures...” — Peter Gabriel

Quotes on Richard Macphail from the book...

“We would have killed each other without Rich” — Mike Rutherford

“The band’s official chameleon…our unsung hero” — Peter Gabriel

“We were very dependent on Richard” — Tony Banks

“There was nothing you wouldn’t do...” — Steve Hackett

“If YOU said it, we did believe it” — Phil Collins

Media contact: for more info please contact Chris & Mal at Delta PR

Richard Macphail - book cover image
Richard Macphail - lead singer of Anon in the 1960s
Richard Macphail in 1979 at the time of the recording of Peter Gabriel's Melt
Contact: Mal Smith & Chris Carr Delta PR