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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A plethora of information for the avid yes fan! Dec 12 2002
"Perpetual Change" by David Watkinson & Rick Wakeman proves to be a very handy reference guide for the avid Yes fan. The book contains a forward by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The book features a brief history of the popular progressive band with many glossy photos some color and some black and white. There are also many examples (some in color) of Roger Dean's excellent album artwork. In addition there are a number of memorabilia items shown like tour posters, magazine covers, newspaper articles, tickets, backstage passes and tour books. A detailed section is included of Yes tour dates and support acts. Much of the early information in this section comes from Bill Bruford's diary of his tenure in the band. A list of songs played during each tour is also included. Some humerous anecdotes and exploits of the band are mentioned. The last section contains a detailed single, album, and cd discography. This section not only provides country of origin and song listings but also differences between songs (for example if the single version is shorter than the lp track). The book ends with an extensive bootleg discography. The bootleg section includes various bootleg releases and includes song listings and venues and sound quality if available. All in all this is an essential purchase for fans progressive rock legends Yes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Here is some clarification Nov. 27 2001
Mr Watkinson has produced a good scrap-book here. Much of the biography section is made up of previous articles, interviews meshed together. If you are a Dedicated Yes Fan then most of the biographical text will appear familiar. Some of the photos are good archival photos, but a strange observation however is the need to include the YESSONGS movie poster shot twice in the book, one in color and the other in Black and white later in the chapters....really no need for this....I have always believed and I think true YES fans would also that we need some seperate autobiographical books from the band members themselves.....I know there is a book allready out called Yes-Stories, but these are just pieced together based on the issues the author finds important.....Perpetual Change really doesn't go foward here, but as I said, is a decent scrapbook. I would love to read a Jon Anderson account or a Steve Howe account of their entire experiences in the Band and history....Publishers, If you are reading this, go after the Band-members for their accounts....(. . .)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Yes Reference Nov. 18 2001
OK, now, I have to admit that I have not yet read this book all the way through, so I'm not sure that I'm qualified to write a complete review at this time. So I won't attempt to. But what I want to say has little to do with the text. It has more to do with the overall content of this book. Many biographical works on musical artists are pretty wordy and read like old history textbooks. I have read most other Yes biographies and found them to be interesting but fairly uneventful because, by and large, Yes is a fairly non-controversial band - not a lot of drugs, sex, or scandal to speak of. I guess that's why there hasn't been a VH1 special on them yet! In any case, I think most Yes fans are more concerned with the art, music, and chronology of the band. From that standpoint, "Perpetual Change" truly delivers. A full half of this book (over 100 pages worth) consists of a HUGE appendix chock full of tour dates, album and video discographies, and a very comprehensive collectible section which includes bootlegs, tour merchandise, promotional releases, and much, much more. The text in the book (which makes up the first 90 or so pages) follows a similar factual, chronological path and is very well illustrated with many pictures and interesting bits of artwork and memorabilia. In short, this book reads like one great big tour book with a very factual history followed by an incredible reference on all things Yes. But perhaps the best thing about the book is its layout. Again, it follows the format of a tourbook in that many photos (some color, all glossy) are interspersed throughout the text making for a very easy and enjoyable read. I guess that's why I haven't yet read it all the way through. Read more ›
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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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