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The Yacht Rock Book by Greg Prato - review

Sail on, sailors: first-hand tale of soft rock’s golden age

Cover art for The Yacht Rock Book by Greg Prato

To paraphrase legendary rock critic ‘Hollywood’ Steve Huey, in the mid to late 70s a group of (mostly) Californian artists docked a remarkable fleet of hits. This fascinating oral history – the result of a resurgence in interest inspired by the cult YouTube series Yacht Rock – tells their story.

Of course, not everyone will be interested in the making of Rupert Holmes’ Escape or the Captain & Tenille’s marital woes. But an impressive raft of interviewees – Walter Becker, John Oates, Christopher Cross – and clever editing ensures that Prato skillfully charts yacht rock’s voyage through pop, prior to being spectacularly capsized by the punk tidal wave.

Paul Moody is a writer whose work has appeared in the Classic Rock, NME, Time Out, Uncut, Arena and the Guardian. He is the co-author of The Search for the Perfect Pub and The Rough Pub Guide.