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Stephen Richard Hackett, 12 February 1950, Pimlico, London, England. Formerly a member of various minor bands, including Canterbury Glass, Heel Pier, Sarabande and Quiet World, the latter releasing a solitary album on Dawn Records in 1970, Hackett joined Genesis as guitarist in early 1971. He replaced Anthony Phillips, and stayed with the band during their successful mid-70s progressive rock period, appearing on recordings from 1971s Nursery Cryme to the live double album, Seconds Out. By the time the latter was released in 1977, Hackett had left the band. Having previously released his first solo effort, Voyage Of The Acolyte two years earlier, Hackett had decided to pursue a full time solo career. Credited with inventing the two-handed tapping technique, he achieved modest success with a string of albums, including 1980s UK Top 10 Defector, but his following remained largely static and of interest only to die-hard Genesis fans. Subsequent albums...