Taken from Ultimate Classic Rock (October 5, 2014)
Steve Hackett Tears into 'Biased' Genesis Documentary
by Nick DeRiso
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So much for the congenial atmosphere surrounding this long-awaited reunion of Genesis. The documentary ‘Together and Apart,’ one of two new projects featuring contributions from each of the band’s five ’70s-era members, premiered last night (October 4) — and Steve Hackett isn’t happy with the results.
“It’s certainly a biased account of Genesis history and totally ignores my solo work,” Hackett said, via Facebook. “It does not deliver the theme of ‘Together and Apart.’ In my interview, I spoke at length as much about my solo career as my time in Genesis, but was not given any editorial involvement.”
Hackett, who left Genesis in 1977, joined former bandmates Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford for a friendly gathering on Thursday (October 2) in London’s Leicester Square for a screening of the documentary. But Hackett says he didn’t emerge with the same feeling he got from a new compilation called ‘R-Kive,’ which combines the band’s best-known hits with select songs from their individual careers.
“Whilst the documentary’s sister project, the ‘R-Kive’ box set, represents us all equally, the documentary does the opposite,” Hackett says. “I know the documentary will soon be on sale via various outlets, but I won’t be selling this via my own website.”
Hackett has been touring behind his latest ‘Genesis Revisited‘ project, which found him returning to the music they created some four decades back. He is also completing a new album of original material, which he says is due early next year. Meanwhile, UK fans can stream ‘Together and Apart’ via the BBC. The film, expanded and retitled as ‘Sum of the Parts,’ will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in November.