The Songs of Genesis: The Complete Guide to the Studio Recordings

Twenty years in the making makes this book sound like something from Cecil B. DeMille. But there was a 16-year gap between my first attempt at the turn of the century and my final sharpened up and expanded manuscript, now in the hands of my publisher, McFarland.

Genesis has been a huge part of my life since 1980 when I bought the single “Duchess” from my local Javelin Records in Bury and played it to death on my dad’s B&O turntable. I had wanted to write a book about their music for many years and in 2019 I finally completed it.

The book focuses on the band’s music and is a critical guide to the songs, as well as the story of their conception. Whilst the book is not intended as a biography, I do provide a history of the band alongside the analysis of the songs, to give context.

The book was published on 14 April 2020 by McFarland & Co. and is also available from most other online retailers including Amazon (UK) and Amazon (US).


“intensely detailed and meticulously researched… and there’s enough personal colour to drive the narrative.” – Max Bell, Classic Rock Magazine, 23 June 2020

“…one of the indispensable reference works for progressive rock…”The Songs of Genesis: A Complete Guide to the Studio Recordings” is a treasure trove of valuable information for fans and Genesis historians. In any case, I won’t dare to review a Genesis album in the future without first looking up Aldous’ book.” – Nik Brückner, Baby Blue Prog Reviews, 13 October 2020