Who are we? People who appreciate VdGG, fans...
but the kind who likes taking the initiative!
The Study Group is a gathering of People.
People who share the same interest in the works of Van der
Graaf Generator, and therefore strive to actively promote
their interests, even beyond the strictly musical ones.
This “Study Group” kind of association might seem strange
or even a little snobbish, but it simply sets itself apart from
the typical “Fan Club” thanks to its cultural and at
the same time productive attitude. It proposes to look for meanings
and take actions, not just receiving idly whatever is given. Its
goal is to bring together all the enthusiast – who frequently
happen to be “hermits”, oblivious of each other’s
existence and often even oblivious of the upcoming musical events
– and to investigate and share specific aspects of VdGG’s
works, such as the history of their exhibitions or the translation
of the lyrics of their songs. It also aims to generate opportunities
for the musicians to perform, in a way that is satisfactory to both
the audience and the artists themselves.
The idea originates in the year 2002 from a couple of ordinary
fans who, despite having no experience of showbusiness, just came
out of a successful attempt at concert organization. The Study Group
now comprises two generations of people, 20 to 50 years old, met
either at concerts or on the web list Hammillitalia,
a precious bridge thrown across the web by Paolo Carnelli in 2001.
So the first goal we achived was to arrange "good shows",
where both the performers and the audience are comfortable: a very
hard task in today's live music reality. This was possibile also
thanks to the quite simple technical settings a Hammill or Jackson
show require, but we were able to arrange also a full VDGG shows
Another important point is the promotion and the circulation of
all kind of VDGG and Hammill related material (articles, reviews,
essays, interviews) especially related to the link between VdGG
and Italy. Also the first Hammill lyrics book (VDGG
era) with italian translation and direct cooperation by Hammill
himself was published in the summer of 2005 and it's now sold out.
But the most important thing is to be able to share and be together,
living the same passion and desire to wider the knowledge of these
wonderful musicians. Until 2009, subscribing to the Study Group
for only 25 euro a year, the Students were able to attend every
year a Study Group event for free, and get well-timed news and info
about tours or critical reviews and interviews related with the
Now, as VDGG are back together, the future is still to be discovered
but we are excited to learn that with a little help something beautiful
in "our" music world can happen. Just as Hammill used
to sing in the 70s: “What choice is there left but to
try ??”. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org