Claiming Peter Banks

To whom does a musician’s life, legacy and music belong? This documentary captures the innovation, controversy and tragedy of British musician Peter Banks, who both Gibson Guitars and Rolling Stone consider one of the best guitarists of all time.

Peter was pivotal in the music breakthrough that moved late 60s’ psychedelia into what became progressive rock. But he wasn’t an angel. He was fired from bands that became legendary, and he imploded others. A divisive figure with far-reaching influence and often called “the architect of progressive music,” Peter died in much the same way he started: in relative obscurity in a dingy London flat.

Join us as musicians, colleagues and fans look at his career, how he changed their lives, and how the shadow he cast was longer than he knew, affecting musicians now and for generations to come.

Featuring interviews with:
Steve Hackett (Genesis)
Jon Anderson (Yes)
Trevor Rabin (Yes)
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
Chris Welch (author)
Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr)
Thijs Van Leer (Focus)
Jon Kirkman (radio DJ, author)
Derek Lawrence (Flash Producer)
George Mizer (manager, Peter Banks)
David Cross (King Crimson)
Davy O’List (The Nice)
Bill Forth (guitarist, collaborator, long time friend)
Jeff Fayman (Empire Mark II)
Clive Bayley (Mabel Greers Toyshop)
Tom Brislin (Yes, The Syn)
Tom Gagliardi (radio DJ)
Mark Murdoch (Empire Mark III)
Sepand Samzedeh (Days Between Stations)
Oliver Wakeman (Yes)
Andrew Booker (Harmony in Diversity)
Roy Flynn (manager Yes)
Max/Martyn Adelman (The Syn)
Robert Henrit (Argent, Roger Daltrey)
Dave Wagstaffe (Wishbone Ash)
John Jowitt (IQ, Arena, Frost*)
Clint Bahr (PUZZLEBOX, Tripod, Flash)
Michael Hough (Flash)
Colin Carter (Flash)
John Etheridge (Soft Machine)
Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia)
Steve Nardelli (The Syn)
Robert Haggar (Mabel Greer’s Toyshop)
Sidney Jordan (Empire)
Fernando Perdomo (guitarist/producer)
David Mansfield (The Tea Bags, Bob Dylan)

…and many more!

Principal photography is wrapped. This project is in post production.
We seek finishing funds to see this documentary through and share it with the world.