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Philipp Röttgers’s blog

This is the blog of author and musician Philipp Röttgers. He is drummer for PARIAHLORD. His first book about his favourite band Genesis was published in 2015.His second book „London and its genius loci: A journey beyond time and place“ was published in 2019.

Here, he shares his news, thoughts, ideas and reviews about his two favourite topics: London and Genesis.


Philipp feels deeply connected to London, more than to any other place in the world. He is an expert on London. He wrote a book „London and its genius loci – a journey beyond time and place“ in 2019 and leads various tours through the city. On this page he provides information on different topics, writes reviews and shares interviews that all deal with London’s history, its story and the search for the city’s „spirit of place“.

  • Review: Swallows – In the Shadow of the Seven Stars (Music album)
    Frances Coles was murdered in the early morning hours of Friday, February 13, 1891, under a railway arch at Swallow Gardens near the Whitechapel District of London. A witness standing outside the nearby Crown and Seven Stars Pub looked on in horror as he watched the scene unfold. He wanted to rush to the poor […]
  • Review: MAJESTICA – A Christmas Carol (Music album)
    On December 4th, 2020, the power metal band Majestica released their Christmas album “A Christmas Carol” on the label Nuclear Blast Records. The nine songs are a musical version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”. The four members of the band are Tommy Johansson on guitar and vocals, Alex Oriz on guitar, Chris David on […]
  • Review: Magoria – JtR1888 (Music album)
    Mark Bogert is guitarist with the Dutch prog band Knight Area. He is also a solo artist and performs as acoustic duo Un-Plugged with his fiancée, the singer Nadine Pruim (who also sings on this album). His latest project was released under the name “Magoria“. Called “JtR1888”, it is a rock opera about Jack the […]
  • Curious World – Documentary about “The Ratcliffe Highway Murders”
    Last year I stumbled across the YouTube channel of Curious World on a return trip from London. Then we have started working together – I provided Curious World with ideas and facts about the Ratcliffe Highway murders and the result is a three-part documentary about this exciting criminal case. The documentary chronicles the horrific events […]
  • Guest blog for “Jack the Ripper tour”: A look at the connection between the Whitechapel Murders And the TV Series “Whitechapel”
    It’s an honour to be featured as a guest author on Richard Jones’ website. Richard is a bestselling author and a tour guide of Jack The Ripper Tour and London Discovery Tours.
  • William Terriss – The ghost of a murdered actor
    William Terriss (1847 – 1897) was the hero of the Adelphi melodramas. He was murdered outside the theatre in Maiden Lane on 16 December 1897. His ghost is said to haunt Covent Garden station.
  • 50 Berkeley Square – The most haunted house in London
    Many spectacular spirits are said to haunt 50 Berkeley Square, the “most haunted house in London”: According to legend, the house is so charged with psychic tension, you only need to touch the exterior brickwork in order to receive a tingling sensation that sends shivers down your spine.
  • London: The Hardy Tree in the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church
    Before Thomas Hardy became a novelist, he supervised the removal of the graveyard St Pancras Old Church in 1865, when the railway lines of St Pancras Station were laid through the site. The tombstones were placed against a great tree. Over the years its roots curled among them, they embraced them. It looks as if […]
  • Cleopatra’s Needle – London’s true obelisk
    Cleopatra’s Needle is situated on the Westminster side of the Thames, near Victoria Embankment, across from Lambeth. There were plans to place it right outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, but the location had been rejected. Now Cleopatra’s Needle stands beside the Thames and just like the river, is a solid and fixed part […]
  • Review: Steven E Blomer – Inside Bucks Row – Mary Ann Nichols: An Anatomy of Murder (The Whitechapel Murders Project: Book 1)
    “Inside Bucks Row” is the first of a number of planned volumes on the Whitechapel Murders by author Steve Blomer. It deals with the first of the Jack the Ripper murders, that of Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols in Buck’s Row on 31 August 1888. In his book, Blomer examines all the details surrounding the murder […]
  • Sherlock: The London filming locations of series one
    The world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Holmes and his companion Dr John Watson have become iconic characters. The most recent fame came with the BBC series Sherlock, in which Holmes and Watson investigate in modern day London. The series was created by Steven Moffat and […]
  • Review: David Charnick – Death and the City
    “Death and the City” is a collection of twelve short stories by David Charnick. Each of them deals with the topic of death – well, more with the connection of death and life in London. Or rather: With the ever-existing presence of death and the dead in London.
  • Shakespeare and Game Of Thrones – Cymbeline and A Song of Ice and Fire
    In one of the many Game of Thrones online forums a member going by the nickname ‘AlbertTheSamurai’ asks the online community if they agree if “Game of Thrones is greatly inspired by Shakespeare”. He wonders “whether George R. R. Martin coincedentally made many of his characters like those found in Shakespeare plays (especially the Othello, […]
  • The Playwright and the Killer: The Connection between the Jack the Ripper Murders and Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
    Appeared originally in Ripperologist no. 144/June 2015 Additional bonus material to chapter 3.2 of my book London and its genius loci – a journey beyond time and place In a post in the Jack the Ripper Casebook forum dated 18 February 2008 someone going by the username Serena stated that she had heard ‘that there […]
  • London and its genius loci – a journey beyond time and place (2019)
    Philipp Röttgers, M.A., born in 1989, feels deeply connected to London, more than to any other place in the world. He is an expert in the capital’s (and Britain’s) literature and culture (he studied English literature and culture accordingly). Röttgers is also a “Ripperologist” (and was already featured in the magazine of the same name). […]


Find out everything about Philipp’s favourite group. Genesis is a British rock band and one of the most successful groups in the world. Their hits include “That’s All”, “Invisible Touch” and “I Can’t Dance”. The group consists of Phil Collins (vocals, drums), Mike Rutherford (guitars, bass) and Tony Banks (keyboards). This blog contains news, reviews and glimpses into Genesis’ history.

  • Genesis history: The “Turn It On Again” reunion tour
    On 11 June 2007, Genesis started their “Turn It On Again” reunion tour in Helsinki. It saw the return of Phil Collins on vocals.
  • Review: Genesis – Archive I 1967 – 1975 (1998)
    In June 1998, Genesis released their first of two “Archive” box sets: “Archive 1967 – 1975” covers the era with Peter Gabriel as lead vocalist.
  • Genesis history: The last show of “The Lamb” tour
    On 22 May 1975, Genesis played the last show of their ambitious “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” tour. It was also their last gig with Peter Gabriel as lead singer.
  • Review: Genesis – A Winter’s Tale (1968)
    On 10 May 1968, the second single of Genesis’ first album was released. Like its predecessor and its successor, it flopped. Here’s the tale of “A Winter’s Tale”.
  • Genesis history: Ray Wilson announced as new lead vocalist
    On 6 June 1997, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford of Genesis announce the band’s new lead singer after Phil Collins’ departure: 28 year old Ray Wilson.
  • Review: Genesis – 3×3 (EP/1982)
    In May 1982, Genesis released “3×3”, an extended-play featuring three previously unreleased tracks from their 1981 album “Abacab”.
  • Genesis history: “We Can’t Dance” in Tampa – The story of the 1992 tour
    Tampa, Florida, 17 May 1992. Genesis leave the stage at the fourth show of their gigantic “We Can’t Dance” tour after just two songs. They leave behind an almost rioting audience. The band had to cancel the show after “Land Of Confusion” and “No Son Of Mine” due to Phil Collins’ throat problems. Luckily enough, […]
  • Genesis history: Live at the Roundhouse 1970
    On 11 March 1970, Genesis played one of their biggest gigs of their early career at the Atomic Sunrise Festival at the Roundhouse Club in London. The event featured artists like David Bowie and Hawkwind and was sponsored by Yoko Ono. A few weeks later Genesis signed to the Charisma label.
  • Genesis history: The Rainbow shows in January 1977
    Genesis started their “Wind & Wuthering” tour at the Rainbow Theatre in London on 1st January 1977. They played the venue for three nights. Those shows were the first with Chester Thompson on drums. Also, the tour was the last with guitarist Steve Hackett.
  • Genesis history: Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010
    On 15 March 2010, Genesis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett were present alongside live members Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer. Peter Gabriel did not attend the event. The band was inducted by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio.
  • Review: Genesis – Duke (1980)
    40 years of “Duke”! On this album, Genesis went back to jamming together instead of bringing in individual songs. Let’s take a look back on the album that produced the instant classic “Turn It On Again”.
  • Genesis history: Phil Collins’ departure from Genesis in 1996
    On 28 March 1996, Phil Collins’ departure from Genesis was officially announced in a press release: “Genesis end twenty-year experiment, decide to replace Peter Gabriel as vocalist.” It was the end of an era. Here’s the story of his (temporary) departure.
  • Genesis history: Phil Collins’ first show as frontman
    In 1975, Peter Gabriel left Genesis. After unsuccessfully auditioning for a new singer, drummer Phil Collins took over and sang on “A Trick Of The Tail” (1976), the first album after Gabriel’s departure. But he did not want to sing on the following tour. This is the story of how he became Genesis frontman.
  • Review: Genesis – The Silent Sun (1968)
    In February 1968, Genesis’ debut single “The Silent Sun” was released on Decca Records. Peter Gabriel was just 18 when it came out. Let’s take a look at the band’s first single!
  • Genesis history: Steve Hackett’s first gig with Genesis
    On 14 January 1971, Steve Hackett played his first gig with Genesis at University College, London. It was not the best start for the guitarist. In this blog post we take a look at this day in Genesis history!
  • Review: Genesis – The Longs (1993)
    Genesis will be back onstage in 2021. It will be the first time in 14 years that Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford perform together. Back in 2007 they had their long-time fellow musicians Chester Thompson (drums) and Daryl Stuermer (guitars, bass) with them. This line-up can also be heard on the band’s two […]
  • Review: Phil Collins – Face Value (1981)
    In February 1981, Phil Collins’ first solo album “Face Value” was released. It went straight to number 1 in the UK charts and to number 7 in the US. His debut was his gateway into superstardom and with “In The Air Tonight” it includes his signature track. So let’s take a closer look at the […]