Just what I always wanted! This epic six hundred page plus tome really has everything you could hope for and more besides, covering the genesis (pardon the pun) of prog, on into its prime era and then the gradual fade from the public consciousness, touching on all the major players, plus a goodly number of minor ones too. The quality and in depth nature of the writing can’t be faulted, comprehensive and well researched to the nth degree. It’s one of those books you pick up late in an evening to read, say, just the chapter on Pink Floyd, then you realise the next one is on Yes, so you stay up and read that too, only to find the following one is on Tull…. and before you know it it’s two in the morning. As well as the big names, the author covers numerous lesser acts – the likes of Henry Cow, Hatfield and The North, even Renaissance, Curved Air and Steve Hillage all get a look in. In fact, just about every prog act you can think of features somewhere in these pages. As well as the writing on bands, there’s also a number of informative chapters of background information, for example rock journalism at the time, culture, censorship in the media, etc. Although this is a long book by any standards, the pages just fly by and I would really recommend that anyone with an interest in prog seek it out, as this is surely the last word on this much maligned, often misunderstood genre which produced some of the best and most inventive music of the time. In fact, it’s everything you wanted to know about prog but were afraid to ask!
Length of Read:Epic
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Prog in all its many forms.
One thing you’ve learned
There’s always something new to learn or hear in the prog field.