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Article: Genesis star Mike Rutherford: ‘I never told Dad what a wonderful man he was’

Mike talks to The Telegraph about his loving and supportive father. Interview by Julia Llewelyn-Smith.

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When Mike Rutherford’s father died in 1986, the lead guitarist of the rock band Genesis was feeling “invincible”.

“We were on a high, touring America, playing to 20,000 people a night in Chicago, selling 15 million records. It felt like nothing could go wrong,” he says. “I was in a bubble, so into myself and our success. If only I’d just stood back a bit and thought: ‘Hang on, he’s getting old.’ If only I’d spent more time with him.”

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Article: Mike Rutherford: The precious living years with my father

Mike contributes to The Guardian Family section in conjunction with the release of his book, The Living Years.

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Mike with his parents and sister Nicky on Whale Island, Portsmouth

As a teenager in the late 1960s, the last thing I wanted was to be like my father. He was a retired naval captain who’d fought in the second world war; I’d just recorded my first album with Genesis, had hair down to my elbows and lived in jeans and a military jacket from Kensington market that smelled like an entire battalion had worn it at some stage or another. It never occurred to me that he might see this as disrespectful.

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