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STEVE HACKETT

- 1970
COUNTRY:
UNITED KINGDOM
GENRE(S):
OTHERS, PROGRESSIVE ROCK, ROCK
SIMILAR BANDS:
ANTHONY PHILLIPS, MIKE RUTHERFORD, TALISMA, TONY SPADA, SQUACKETT, NICK MAGNUS, GORDON GILTRAP & OLIVER WAKEMAN, GENESIS, SUBMARINE SILENCE, RIVERYMAN
A true guitar icon and author of numerous solo albums, Steve Hackett is best known for his part in the Genesis adventure of the 1970s.
TORPEDO - 21.02.2024
Born in London in 1950, Stephen Richard Hackett's childhood was marked by an eclectic mix of musical influences. From the bluesy riffs of Eric Clapton to the classical grandeur of Bach, these diverse sounds would later merge into his unique style. Initially drawn to the harmonica and flute, it was the guitar that really captivated Steve Hackett at the age of 12.

In 1970, Steve Hackett auditioned for Genesis, an up-and-coming progressive rock band looking for a new guitarist. His playing and style impressed Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, and he joined the band shortly afterwards in place of Anthony Phillips.

His contributions to the band's golden age were many. From the haunting melodies of 'Supper's Ready' to the flamenco accents of 'Firth of Fifth', his guitar work added complexity and emotion to the progressive soundscapes. Albums such as "Selling England by the Pound" and "Foxtrot" showcase his talent, his iconic Gibson Les Paul guitar becoming an extension of his musical soul.

However, artistic differences emerged within Genesis. Gabriel's theatrical leanings clashed with Hackett's desire for instrumental exploration, and tension mounted. Despite contributing to critically acclaimed albums such as 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' and 'Wind & Wuthering', Steve Hackett finally decided to leave the band in 1977, in search of some freedom.

Even during the Genesis years, Steve Hackett's creative spirit found expression as a solo artist. This culminated in 'Voyage of the Acolyte', released in 1975. This first album, with its mix of rock, classical influences and world music elements, hinted at the various paths his solo career would take. He went on to release an impressive series of solo albums, each one a testament to his artistic restlessness and experimentation. From the rocking "Spectral Mornings" to the acoustic classical explorations of "Tribute" or revisiting Genesis hits with "Revisited", he made categorisation impossible. In 2024, Steve Hackett was still active, with a new album released that same year entitled 'The Circus And The Nightwhale'.

Collaborations have become a feature of his career. He has teamed up with renowned artists such as Steve Walsh (Kansas), John Cale (Velvet Underground) and Nad Sylvan, enriching his music with diverse perspectives. He even formed the short-lived supergroup GTR in 1986 with Yes guitarist Steve Howe for a single album.

Steve Hackett's impact is not limited to music. He is a passionate environmentalist, actively supporting various conservation efforts. His love of classical music and literature has led him to compose pieces for orchestras and ballets. He has even published his autobiography, 'A Genesis In My Bed', offering a personal insight into his life and career.

More informations on http://www.hackettsongs.com/


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