A new book covering the 1980s era of prog icons Marillion is on its way. Authored by Nathaniel Webb and out on October 9, 2020 on Sonicbond Publishing, this book combines meticulous history with careful musical analysis to chronicle their most turbulent decade from their first gig, through the success and decadence of their time with frontman Fish, to his bitter departure and replacement by Steve Hogarth.
The 1980’s saw Marillion’s formation from the ashes of Electric Gypsy as Silmarillion, and eventually Marillion in 1980, sign to EMI Records, hit Number One with 1985’s Misplaced Childhood album. The book turns an experienced critical eye not only on their five albums of the decade ‐ from the seminal Script For A Jester’s Tear to Season’s End ‐ Hogarth’s debut ‐ and a line up that remains as active as ever. It also discusses demos, singles, and Fish’s solo debut to dissect a band which critics still love to hate, even as today’s music industry stands upon their shoulders as pioneers of self‐promotion and internet‐based crowd funding.