The Fixx – Red Skies

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

An evening pause: Hat tip Joe Griffin.


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  • wayne

    Nice selection—I totally forgot, about these guys! Heavy rotation on MTV at the time. (Back when they actually played music & had very little advertising.)

  • Rene Borbon

    Without leftist politics too

  • Joe

    I think Wayne grew up listening to a lot of the same stuff i did, finally back in the country after a wedding in the Caribbean!

  • wayne

    Good deal on the wedding trip.
    I suspect we’ve heard quite a bit, of the same music.

    We had MTV on our cable system from day one. It was amazing to actually see “music video” 24/7.
    Definitely had more of an alternative FM radio feel, for the first few years. (I couldn’t however, tell you when the last time I actually watched MTV or VH1– must have been the mid 90’s.)

    MTV Launch
    August 1, 1981

  • BSJ

    Thanks for this! I’ve been trying to figure out the name of one of their songs for a couple years now! Kept getting sidetracked because I thought it was by Yes…

    Stand or Fall. “Red or blue, what’s the difference?”

    She’s a Beauty was the first video I ever saw on MTv. Didn’t have cable at the time. Saw it at a Holiday Inn.

  • wayne

    Good stuff.
    (Stand or Fall is, pretty good. I’ll restrain myself from linking to it.) They do have a distinct sound, but I empathize with co-mingling them with a band like Yes.

    I ended up wasting a bit of time reviewing early 80’s music, jogged the memory quite a bit!
    It was definitely a transitional time period.

    Har…I distinctly recall the “wow, this hotel has MTV,” feeling!

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