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Hackett's vroegste muzikale invloeden kwamen van Johann Sebastian Bach en operazanger Mario Lanza. Hij zegt dat zijn composities er nog steeds door worden beïnvloed. Later waren tal van Britse bluesartiesten voorbeelden voor hem, zoals Danny Kirwan, Peter Green en verschillende gitaristen uit John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, ook werd hij beinvloed door Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles en King Crimson.
Voordat hij in 1970 toetrad tot Genesis, waar hij gitarist Anthony Phillips verving, speelde hij al in verschillende rockbands.
Hackett's eerste opname met Genesis was op het album Nursery Cryme (1971). Zijn gitaarwerk is prominent aanwezig op de nummers "The Musical Box", "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" en "The Fountain" van Salmacis ".
Hij was een van de eerste die de gitaartaptechniek toepaste.
Na het opnemen van zijn debuutalbum Voyage of the Acolyte, hervatte Hackett het spelen in Genesis en nam nog diverse albums met hen op.
Na de Wind & Wuthering-tour verliet Hackett de band tijdens de mixfase van het Genesis live-album Seconds Out. Zijn vertrek werd in de pers aangekondigd tijdens de promotie van het album op 8 oktober 1977.
Hackett's eerste "post-Genesis-album" was Please Don't Touch !, uitgebracht in 1978. Het bevatte veel vocaal werk. Hackett, die bij Genesis nooit lead- of achtergrondzang had gedaan, liet het grootste deel van de zang over aan zangers, waaronder folkzanger Richie Havens, R & B-zanger Randy Crawford en Steve Walsh van de Amerikaanse rockgroep Kansas.
Hierna brengt Hackett nog een 20-tal albums uit en treedt nog steeds op met voornamelijk Genesis-composities.

Hackett's earliest musical influences came from Johann Sebastian Bach and opera singer Mario Lanza. He has said that his compositions are still influenced by them.
Later, numerous British blues artists were examples for him, such as Danny Kirwan, Peter Green and several guitarists from John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, he was also influenced by Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and King Crimson.
Before joining Genesis in 1970, where he replaced guitarist Anthony Phillips, he played in several rock bands.
Hackett's first recording with Genesis was Nursery Cryme (1971). He helped shape the group's sound by strongly encouraging them to incorporate a Mellotron into the songs, and his guitar work is prominently featured through solos on "The Musical Box", "The Return of the Giant Hogweed", and "The Fountain of Salmacis".
He became an early proponent of the guitar tapping technique.
After recording his debut album Voyage of the Acolyte , Hackett resumed working in Genesis and recorded several more albums with them.
After the Wind & Wuthering tour, Hackett left the band during the mixing stage of the Genesis live album, Seconds Out. His departure was announced in the press during the promotion of the album on 8 October 1977.
Hackett's first post-Genesis album was Please Don't Touch!, released in 1978. As with Voyage of the Acolyte (1975), much of the material on the album was in the style of progressive rock. It did contain, however, much more vocal work. Hackett, who had never sung lead or backing vocals on a Genesis song, turned over most of the vocals to a number of singers, including folk singer Richie Havens, R&B singer Randy Crawford, and Steve Walsh of American progressive rock group Kansas.
Hackett releases another 20 albums and still performs mainly with Genesis compositions.

Steve Hackett
12 februari 1950, Pimlico, Engeland

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