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Steve Hackett: The Man, The Music

Sixty-five years in two hours.

This is a bold documentary. It attempts not only to cover the whole of Steve Hackett’s career to date – and that spans nearly five decades – but also gives him the chance to share some of his guitar techniques.

As such, it’s too ambitious, flicking through the many stages of Hackett’s lengthy time in the spotlight and never having the chance to get really in depth.

So while there’s interesting info on his childhood and formative musical development, and the Genesis era is also given an adequate profile, a lot of other areas are almost brushed aside.

However, it’s still entertaining, with Hackett proving an adept, humorous interviewee, while Steve Wilson and Chris Squire are also invaluable presences.

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Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.