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Created in the late 1960s, fashionable in the early 1970s and hated in the 1980s Progressive Rock has a colourful and eventful story. Many of the genres main protagonists, including Genesis, Yes, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, remain as popular as ever, while lesser-known names like Camel, Caravan, Renaissance, Van der Graaf Generator and Gentle Giant retain cult status.

Prog expert Stephen Lambe guides the reader through the early years as the music developed out of the British Progressive Music boom of the late 1960s into its own genre, and reached full maturity in the early 1970s. He also discusses how the music was received and developed outside the UK, particularly in the USA, Italy and the Scandinavian countries.

Received wisdom has it that punk swept Progressive Rock away in the late 1970s, yet the genre never died. An early 1980s revival, spearheaded by major label signings Marillion, IQ and Pallas, burned brightly but fell away sharply later in the decade. However, in the early 1990s, the movement began to re-establish itself, largely below the radar, led by Swedish band The Flower Kings and American group Spocks Beard.

The rise of the internet and the decline of the worldwide pop industry niche music as Progressive Rock had now become to flourish once again in the new millennium.

Includes black and white and colour illustrations.

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Great History of Prog Rock
July 4th, 2015
I chose to read this book as its title is part of a Genesis lyric from Selling England by the Pound. I rediscovered old favourites from my teenage years, music lost to me for due to bringing up a family and found many new bands to listen. As the book recommended certain albums, I would listen to the music to remind me, educate me and rediscover why I loved this genre of music.
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