Steve Hackett Recalls John Lennon’s Pick For The True Son Of The Beatles


The lead guitarist Steve Hackett recently appeared in a conversation with Classic Album Review and revealed that John Lennon defined Genesis as the ‘true son’ of the Beatles.

The Beatles changed the direction of music with their innovations starting in the ’60s. They created a new sound by combining the skiffle and rock and roll with classical music and traditional pop. Later, they extended their style by exploring several styles like psychedelia and hard rock.

The band members influenced upcoming musicians as pioneers of recording, artistic presentation, and songwriting. The Beatles reached a wide scale of rockers and listeners, appealing to young people. In addition, they became a source of inspiration to singers like Raspberries’ Eric Carmen and many other rockstars.

In the mid-’60s, the band improved itself regarding its musical style and recording. They paved the way in the music scene by initiating the album era, especially with the 1967 record ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club,’ which also contributed to British psychedelia. The progressive band Genesis, which would mark the ’70s with albums like ‘Foxtrot,’ was founded during that period. In the previous interviews, Steve Hackett had mentioned the Beatles’ considerable contributions to psychedelic music and said Genesis was a fan of the band.

In a recent interview, he revealed the Beatles’ influence on them was recognized by John Lennon. As the guitarist explained, Lennon had said in an interview that Genesis and Electric Light Orchestra were the ‘true sons’ of the Beatles. He noted that the Beatles icon appreciated their contribution to British music and got all the Genesis albums after ‘Nursery Cryme’ sent to him in New York.

Steve Hackett said the following about John Lennon:

“He gave an interview to radio that I’m yet to hear, but I think it’s Nigel Pierce in Norfolk who’s the DJ there. He said to me that he’d got a tape of Lennon talking to him; I’m not sure who he was talking to, but saying that he thought there were two bands who were true sons of the Beatles. He said one was ELO and one was Genesis. It’s quite subtle, I think, the influence of the Beatles on Genesis, but I gather that he also said that he got all Genesis records from ‘Nursery Cryme’ onwards sent over to him in New York.

So, whether it was a connection to ‘all things British’ because don’t forget there’s the storytelling aspect and the jabberwocky aspect and the wordplay that I think that both Peter Gabriel and John Lennon shared… There’s a British style, and I think that it owes something to Americans, but then I think that it also owes something to the roots that much earlier that on our side of the Atlantic.”

You can check out the interview below.