Seven Stones, seven milestones of Genesis & Co .: "Scattered pages"

Seven milestones for a free musical journey through Genesis & Co.

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1) "The scattered pages of a book by the sea ....". In Can-Utility And The Coastliners from the "scattered pages of a book on the sea, held back by the sand, washed by the waves", there is a reference to the legend of King Canute, king of Denmark, England and Norway in the XNUMXth century , which had the power to move the tides. In fact, the legend is known as "King Canute And The Tide".

2) Mama is based on David Niven's book "The Moon's A Balloon". Phil Collins read it and was impressed. It is the story of a boy who falls in love with a much older prostitute who, however, does not reciprocate.

3) The song was inspired by the works of the American poet Anne Sexton, who wrote one play theatrical titled Mercy Street and a poem titled “45 Mercy Street”. "The text of this song is a dedication to the work and life of Anne Sexton, who captures the poetry and research of the great American author with very few traits." Source: poetarumsilva.com.

4) to title track of 24 minutes is based on the 1965 novel "Smallcreep's Day" by Peter Currell Brown which tells the story of a certain Mr. Smallcreep. It is an ironic, comic, but macabre and savage attack on the alienated life of modern man. Rutherford has adapted it in such a way that it has a positive ending.

5) The piece Tarka is based on "Tarka the otter ", a 1927 story by Henry Williamson, which tells of the birth, life and tragic death of the otter Tarka. Anthony Phillips composed it together with Harry Williamson, musician and son of the author of the novel.

6) A Curious Feeling by Tony Banks is inspired by the 1966 novel Flowers for Algernon. During the recording of the album Tony became aware of a musical, also based on the book. Thinking it would be a big hit, Tony tried to change the album's theme, but most of the references to Flowers for Algernon remain.

7) Steve Hackett: «Walking Through Walls is based on a dream I had after reading a book by Carlos Castaneda». Source: hackettsongs.com. And indeed the song is full of startling images and reflections on the madness of humanity and one of Steve's first protest songs.

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