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The Living Years

The Living Years

The First Genesis Memoir

Mike Rutherford

Thomas Dunne Books



The story of Genesis is the rock legend of how a humble schoolboy band grew into a group of global superstars. At its center stood Mike Rutherford, driving the music from pioneering prog rock to chart-topping hits. Now for the first time, he tells the remarkable inside story of Genesis and his own band, Mike + The Mechanics.

Against the rhythm of drink, drugs, and lineup changes, Mike's father, a World War II naval officer, always stood in the background. He would watch Genesis grow, supporting them from the very beginning when they toured Britain in the back of a bread van. Through extreme highs and lows, loyal Captain Rutherford was always there, earplugs at the ready.

But when his father suddenly died, Mike was forced to reexamine their relationship and only then began to understand how much their lives had overlapped. The Living Years is a revealing memoir of the relationship between father and son and the story of how music, families, and friendship combine.


Praise for The Living Years

“A genial, gentlemanly memoir about a band that has weathered plenty of upheaval without apparently suffering much strife...The death of Rutherford's father frames the narrative, establishing a reflective tone that the memoir sustains.” —Kirkus British Praise for The Living Years

“Rutherford writes with British wit, charm, and honesty.” —Publishers Weekly

“Celebrates love of family, loyalty to friendship, passion for music, and--in his father's tradition --devotion to duty.” —The Times

“Warm, charming, funny.” —Mojo

“A very different kind of rock memoir, both moving and refreshing.” —The Mail on Sunday

“A much more perceptive and much less self-satisfied autobiography than you'd expect.” —Sunday Business Post

“There's plenty here to savor, not least the author's conflicted relationship with his high-ranking naval officer father. … Throughout he writes with good humor, avoiding sentiment and with a keen awareness of his own failings. … Above all it ponders the chasm between two decent men negotiating the generation gap when it was at its widest, with those who fought in World War II on one side and those liberated by the Sixties on the other, separated by wildly clashing ideals and aspirations. The result is a very different kind of rock memoir, both moving and refreshing.” —The Mail on Sunday

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About the author

Mike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford is a founding member of Genesis. He also formed Mike + The Mechanics in 1985. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. He lives with his family in West Sussex, England.

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