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Yes: Perpetual Change [Paperback]

David Watkinson , Rick Wakeman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 2001
Yes: Perpetual Change: Thirty Years of Yes is a visual documentary, illustrated with over 300 pictures and photographs, which traces Yes’ history from 1968 to the present day. Originally producing 60s pop/rock, their music has evolved over the years, introducing electric and classical influences to produce the unique prog rock sound of Yes. Combining biography, memorabilia, a complete list of tour dates, set lists, album details and bootleg information, this is the most complete book ever published on the band.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Close. . . but not to the edge March 5 2004
By Wallenz
I'm not a Yes appreciator who either knows nor cares whether "Fragile" was released on a Tuesday morning or a Wednesday afternoon. But if you inhabit the obsessive-compulsive end of the Yes fan spectrum, this book is for you.
It's a reasonably good source of early Yes history -- even if most of the information was well-covered in the Welch book from a few years earlier, and in the Hedges book from the late 70s (out of print but also worth tracking down).
Stylistically, Watkinson's book is written with an "I've bought every t-shirt the band ever issued" brand of blind enthusiasm that cynical readers might find grating. But novice or terminally hardcore Yes fans will eat it up with no problem.
The only crude note is the negative, mean-spirited introduction written by keyboard player Rick Wakeman. It's so bad it's almost funny. The band, their fans, and this otherwise positive book deserve much better.
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It's funny that some people can give it 1 star and others 5 stars when if you go to the book store and apart from CW book really there is nothing to buy like this on Yes at all. Where CW book fails is in it's pick-up-ability!! what I mean is David's book is meant to be picked up and refered to often unlike CW book. You get so much from the wonderful mix of images and information. No other book 'EVER' in the nearly 40 years of Yes has given Yes fans so much information in one spot. I had never seen such a complete family tree or record, bootleg and allsorts of info before, it's a Yes fans dream of book, I say well done David you can see the love of the band in this book....anyway must pick it up again, go get it soon oh soon it's a blast you will not regret it.Love xxxLE
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perpetual Change Jan. 14 2003
This is not a bad book. Yes fans will find lots of information on every version of Yes. But like the Chris Welch book, it sometimes feels like it was pasted together from old magazine articles.
I still prefer Dan Hedges' old biography of the band. The writing is better. It has a sense of humor (humour?) and a point of view. It isn't always a flattering portrait. Rick Wakeman apparently hates the book. But it makes Yes comes across as an interesting collection of humans, rather than airbrushed "gods." That's why it was interesting to read.
If you can't find an old copy of the Hedges book, this one is a good second best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty well documented Dec 14 2002
This book, though not THE Bible for a Yes fan, is a good reference particularly for the novice who wants to know more about the pre-history of a band who helped create prog rock in the early 70s.
The reader will find it widely illustrated with tour photos, posters and pics taken from several LP booklets.
It has a huge amount of info on different albums, LPs, singles and CD releases.
A nice book for the price.
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