The book "Strat! The Charismatic Life And Times Of Tony Stratton Smith" will be released on June 11th.
The life of former Genesis manager Van der Graaf Generator and The Nice and the man behind legendary Charisma Records label Tony Stratton-Smith will be celebrated in a new biography.
The book "Strat! The Charismatic Life And Times Of Tony Stratton Smith" was written by Chris Groom with a preface by Peter Gabriel and will be published on June 11th.
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Former sports journalist, Strat began in the music business by running The Nice in 1968 and founding Charisma Record in 1969.
He signed the contract with Genesis and released their second album Trespass in 1970.
Other artists associated with the label are VdGG, Marillion, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Lindisfarne, Monty Python, Rare Bird, String Driven Thing and Brand X. Later Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill, Steve Hackett, Phil Collins and others.
Stratton-Smith died of pancreatic cancer on March 19, 1987 at the age of 53.
A memorial service was held for him at St. Martin's In The Field in London.
Clutching At Straws by Marillion, which came out shortly after his death, was dedicated to him, as was the 3's On My Way Home, from their 1988 album To The Power Of Three.
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