This is a history of progressive music, written by a fan who was born in 1980. It is mainly a story of the bands themselves, based on various memoirs, interviews, and journalism of the time. It starts with the Karn Evil cruise, where a ship sets out from Miami with 3,000 fans and various musicians, some revivalists, and others from the golden era. This leads Weigel to an entertaining history of what was once one of the most biggest forms of popular music, to becoming one of the most criticised, which at the same time maintained a loyal following and attracted new players and fans along the way.
Like almost any musical or artistic genre, it can almost to dissolve if you think about it too closely. It’s a pretty broad church that can include both ELP and Kevin Ayres, both in musical and commercial terms. And it’s hard to define the dividing line between the progressive acts and others – was Bowie on its fringes when we worked with Fripp and Eno? I also don’t remember anyone at the time being a fan of only Prog – albums by Genesis might be found on a shelf » Continue Reading.