One of the most successful rock acts of the 1970's, Genesis, forming in Godalming, England in 1966, enjoyed a longevity exceeded only by the likes of the Rolling Stones and the Kinks, in the process providing a launching pad for the superstardom of members Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.The group had its roots in the Garden Wall, a band founded by 15-year-olds Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks in 1965 at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey, where fellow students Michael Rutherford and Anthony Phillips were members of another group called Anon. The two groups initially merged out of expediency as the older members of each graduated; Gabriel, Banks, Rutherford, Phillips, and drummer Chris Stewart soon joined together as the New Anon, and recorded a six-song demo featuring songs primarily written by Rutherford and Phillips. The Charterhouse connection worked in their favor when an ex-student, recording artist and producer Jonathan King, heard the tape and arranged for the group to continue working in the studio, developing their sound.
A&E Biography: Genesis - [Documentary] (2008)
He is one of the few artists who has not only changed with the times, but has blazed new trails every step of the way during his over-thirty-year career. His metamorphosis from eccentric, theatrical frontman to astute pop artist to world-music enthusiast marks one of the most impressive evolutions in rock history.
Tony Banks started his career with Genesis in 1967 as the pianist/keyboardist, after the emergence of the Charterhouse School Bands The Garden Wall, which Tony was a member, and The Anon. Tony, who plays with a Bach style, also tends to introduce many excellent sound effects and reinforcing chords to the band's music. On occasion, Tony has also been known to pick up the guitar.
Mike Rutherford started his career with Genesis in 1967 as their bassist/rhythm guitarist after the emergence of the Charterhouse School Bands The Anon, which Mike was a member, and The Garden Wall. Mike is the only other original member of Genesis, other than Tony.
Formerly a member of various minor bands, including Canterbury Glass, Heel Pier, Sarabande and Quiet World, the latter releasing a solitary album on Dawn Records in 1970, Hackett joined Genesis as guitarist in early 1971.
Phil Collins is one of those very rare breeds of artists who combine musical accessibility and overwhelming popularity with the respect of their most illustrious peers. One of the world's best-loved vocalists, Phil has also worked with artists as iconoclastic as Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and John Cale.