Paperback - 288 pages (14 November, 2002)
Limited edition of 1,000 numbered hardcover (Via Racket Records Only)
Non-numbered Hardcover also available from the publishers.
Helter Skelter Publishing; ISBN: 1900924498
"To know Marillion is to recognise a paradox. What appears to some, an Eighties rock group that had one hit and then vanished, is to others a powerful force ranking alongside the best of contemporary music. Only Marillion could have inspired its fans to underwrite an entire US tour, to raise the Bluebird or to fund an album.
"At the centre of it all stand five people with one goal, to create the best music they possibly can. Determination runs throughout the Marillion story, from the initial struggle to succeed on the band's own terms, to the hard-fought rebirth following the departure of charismatic front-man, Fish. Today, over ten years later, after turning their backs on the major record labels and traditional management, this passion to grow and develop runs as strong as ever.
"Drawing on hours of new interviews with all the key players in the story, Separated Out is not only the most extensively researched, comprehensive and factual history of the band since their earliest days. It also captures, as a series of anecdotes and memories, what Marillion continues to stand for in the hearts and minds of its fans and supporters: the tens of thousands of people who know, despite what others may think, that they are a part of something greater than just a band and its music."
"As well as managing to hold down various jobs in the computer industry (to the astonishment of those who know him), Jon Collins has been a Marillion fan since he first heard the band on Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show in 1982. He remained a solitary fan until three years ago when he decided to bite the bullet and become a more active member of the Marillion community. Jon decided to write a book to try to understand what lies behind the Marillion phenomenon, not to mention as a way of explaining away his quasi-obsessive behaviour to his friends. He has achieved neither of these objectives."
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