Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes - Chris Welch

Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes

By Chris Welch

  • Release Date: 2010-08-10
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings


Yes have now been on the rock circuit for an incredible 34 years. Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire and Bill Bruford are just some of the star players who helped to make the band one of the greatest-ever names in classic rock. Their turbulent story spans the early days of pub and club gigs, international supergroup status in the heyday of rock, and various line-ups since. Chris Welch's definitive biography of Yes is once again updated to include the historic return of Rick Wakeman to the classic Yes line up during 2002 and their subsequent highly successful tour of America.


  • Oddly unsatisfying

    By zeppmeister
    This is a hard book to pin down. On the one hand Welch has plenty of quotes from members of the band, primarily Rick, Jon and Steve, and a little less from Chris. On the other hand, these quotes go on and on, and while they may be interesting to a degree, this slows down the pace. Another dichotomy was that some albums and songs were dissected nicely while others were surprisingly glossed over. At least one spot, where Welch discusses the late phase wife of the band, he employs a strange chronological flow, going back-and-forth a bit. While not hard to follow, it is a strange choice. But overall the key milestones of the band are well explained and now I have a better understanding of this very creative and unique band. I assume the formatting of the e-book caused numerous typos, such as words running together. If that's in the original, Welch needs an editor.