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Anthony Phillips & Hawkwind: Plugging Away, Painful But Worth It - The Audiophile Man
What’s that saying again? ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.’ It was apparently created by the Victorian educator, William Edward Hickson. If you are of an optimistic bent, which I am I have to add, then the knocks from life will be but temporary occurrences. What, after all, is the alternative? Life is surely too short not to grasp it and make use of it. The first few positive steps after a knock back are the toughest. Once you’re underway, though, things get a lot easier. Anthony Phillips must have surely felt like that, “Anthony who?” you ask? Well, exactly. Phillips was one of the founders of the prog rock outfit, Genesis. He attended Charterhouse school with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Michael Rutherford. Phillips was one of the main composers in the band, in fact. When the album, Trespass was released, Phillips was suffering from terrible stage-fright and so he retired into the background and out of the band. Nevertheless, his songwriting skills can still be heard on the band’s album follow-up, Nursery Chryme. Phillips then became a solo artist from 1977 and began to utilise bits and pieces of unfinished work that he had …