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John Wetton An Extraordinary Life (Signature Edition)

John Wetton An Extraordinary Life (Signature Edition)


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Foreword by
Geoff Downes

This is a signed edition of John Wetton An Extraordinary Life. It comes in a distinctive black jacket and is signed by John's widow Lisa and his son Dylan.

This much anticipated book, created with John Wetton’s family and management, contains the first-person testimony of seventy-plus people who knew and worked with John, from his school days and throughout his professional and personal life.

Along with stories of John’s musical success are those from friends and family who do not steer clear of his problems, but rather explain the why, the how, and eventual triumph over them in honest and touching recollections. Among the stories of friendship, music and sometimes craziness they tell are reflections on what made John Wetton such an unforgettable musician, friend, and prog rock legend. They also show why his legacy will continue to ring through the coming decades.

Press reviews

Often deeply personal and moving … frank about his difficulties without being salacious … what comes through is a sense of love for this profoundly talented man.

Sid Smith, PROG

Hard to imagine anything better than this plethora of day-to-day stories direct from the horses’ mouths.

Dave Mandl, The Wire

While his problems are outlined fully, the good times shared with friends and family outweigh them and you’ll find yourself smiling along as you read such passages.


The roll call of those who offered positive comments, and sometimes not quite so positive, reads like a ‘who’s who‘ of the prog world great and good – Fripp, Bruford, Howe, Palmer, Hackett, Portnoy, Roger Chapman, etc.

Velvet Thunder

The list of (prog) rock celebrities whose paths at some point crossed with John Wetton is damn long – one of the things that makes this book appeal to a broad audience.

Alexander Diehl, Eclipsed


256 pages
Trim page size (H × W)
234 mm × 156 mm
Stock status
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