Gentle Giant - Every Album, Every Song

Author(s): Gary Steel


Gary Steel - the gentle giant of New Zealand music journalism - on the ultimate cult progressive band.

Gentle Giant are as revered as Yes or Genesis by those that have 'found' them. Poorly served by literature, very little long-form material has been written about the UK band. They lasted only a decade and never lit up the world's charts, but progressive rock connoisseurs always knew what today's audiences are now beginning to discover; that Gentle Giant belong in the pantheon of great bands of the era.

At times edgy and experimental, but also capable of great beauty (not to mention some of the greatest riffs known to man), the group's explorations of medieval music gave their sound unique character. But it was the thrilling complexity of their compositions - which Frank Zappa might have called the "statistical density" of their writing - together with the instrumental ability of its players that make their music as potent today as they were at their peak nearly 50 years ago.

This book takes a microscopic look at each of Gentle Giant's eleven studio albums and provides fresh assessments of the many live and 'odds'n'sods' recordings, as well as rounding up existent DVD/Blu-ray documentary and performance footage. In doing so, it tells the story of one of progressive music's most fascinating groups and the thrilling - and occasionally tortuous - ride the Shulman brothers and key bandmates like Kerry Minnear and Gary Green experienced along the way.


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Gary Steel is a New Zealand-based journalist who has developed severe tinnitus from attending far too many thousands of rock gigs in his 40-plus years of rock writing, in which he has also interviewed a who’s who of contemporary music and reviewed just about every record going for whoever would publish his pungent opinions. As a pimply adolescent with Rick Wakeman hair, he tried unsuccessfully to turn his schoolmates away from their obsessions with glam and disco and convert them to ELP, King Crimson and Gentle Giant fandom. He has edited and published several music magazines, run his own record shop and is a late-in-life first-time Dad of young kids who he is trying unsuccessfully to convert to the greats of progressive rock.


General Fields

  • : 9781789520583
  • : Unknown Publisher
  • : Unknown Publisher
  • : March 2020
  • : 8.27 x 0.47 x 5.87 inches
  • : September 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gary Steel
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 782.421660922
  • : 160