New Book Celebrates Legacy Of Keith Emerson

Rocket 88 has published a lavish, fully-illustrated book in which family, friends, colleagues, and fans talk about the life, work and legacy of synthesist and rock keyboardist Keith Emerson.

The book includes many previously unseen photos of Keith at home, at work and play from the private Emerson family archives, as well as professional portraits and live performance photographs. Close family and friends share memories and stories from throughout his life, while fellow musicians from the world of prog, rock and classical share stories of Emerson’s talent and dedication, his spirit, generosity and sense of humor.

The book includes new interviews with Keith’s children, his ex-wife, close personal friends, former partner Mari Kawaguchi, ex-ELP member Carl Palmer, Rick Wakeman, Lee Jackson, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, Alan White, Dave Kilminster, Marc Bonilla, Rachel Flowers, Darius Brubeck, Geoff Downes and others.

Keith Emerson: The Official Illustrated Story is available in two editions:

  • Classic Edition:
    • 280mm x 220mm hardback
    • 224 pages
    • Over 200 previously unpublished family photos, classic performance images and private correspondence
  • Signature Edition
    • Classic Edition book in clamshell box
    • Signed by Chris Welch and Aaron Emerson
    • Archival quality art print portrait of Keith
    • CD of an unheard interview
    • Sheet music of Keith’s first ever original composition Quatermass Boogie Woogie

See the book site for more information.

3 thoughts on “New Book Celebrates Legacy Of Keith Emerson

  1. Saw ELP a handful of times, once from backstage when Journey opened for them, and even went to see 3 with Robert Berry. Read his book when it came out. Got to meet him at the Marillion show HoB in LA. Very kind and friendly, but based on reading his book JMO, I remember thinking there was a weird tone overall to it. Was coming home from a 10 day photo trek across the Western states when I heard the news of his death. No one can understand the depths that depression can affect others, but a sad and tragic ending to such an incredibly rich life IMHO.

  2. Which Emerson stuff would you recommend is his most experimental or use a ton of weird pedals and stuff? He has A TON of stuff and maybe he has other things outside of what WIkipedia mentions? I got the Fanfare for Common Man that use the GX1 and Nutrocker that use a Memory Moog (and other stuff?) Thanks!

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