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School: Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks

The Genesis of everything... and after the ordeal.

What was life at a public boarding school like Charterhouse actually like?

Mike Rutherford: Unfortunately, I caught the place at a pretty weird time as many traditions from the old English empire were becoming obsolete. I caught the brunt of those changes. A lot of kids ran away. Looking back, my parents’ generation had come out of two world wars and they were still numbed by those horrors and all of the deaths. Those enormous social changes came because they weren’t up to fighting anymore. Our parents were, a) not prepared to take us on and, b) maybe, after all they’d been through, they realised long hair and drugs weren’t all that terrible really. 

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