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Most people have heard of progressive rock (or prog rock, or simply prog) but the great majority of them treat it with mild disdain (at best) or outright hatred (at worst). Most of the criticism is a mindless rejection based on current trends and a misunderstanding of the genre; “dinosaur” is a common term of abuse, neatly parodied by Adrian Belew on King Crimson’s 1994 album Thrak

 

There is an increasing quantity of literature on the subject, ranging from the analytical or academic (Edward Macan, Rocking the Classics; Kevin Holme-Hudson, Progressive Rock Revisited) to the fairly straightforward lists (Charles Snider, The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock.) There are also thousands of fans out there who not only continue to attend concerts, but also contribute to a growing network of fanzines and on-line forums. Fans are even served by Prog, a glossy magazine from Future Publishing now in its tenth year, entirely devoted to prog in all its forms

 

The ProgBlog has been put together to encourage discussion about progressive rock music illustrated by personal observation

 

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ProgBlog DISCovery

The original aim of the blog was to promote discussion about all and any facet of progressive rock but from time to time, bands and musicians contact ProgBlog with new prog-related material that they want to expose to a wider audience; ProgBlog's album of 2017 An Invitation by Amber Foil was one such approach. The DISCovery section has been introduced to better serve the requirements of musicians who contact ProgBlog with the aim of increasing the audience for their music; without music there can be no discussion of music

 

Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Canadian cellist and composer Raphael Weinroth-Browne released his instrumental solo album Worlds Within in January. Combining contemporary classical minimalism, metal, post-rock, and electronic music, the 40-minute composition utilises only cello and effects pedals, creating an absorbing soundscape. Read about Worlds Within here 

 

The ProgBlog Diary

A list of recent past, present and future happenings in the prog world

11 - May 2020

 

Jon Kirkman's Tales from Photographic Oceans Giants Under the Sun book review

Covid-19 cancellation chaos

April acquisitions

 

Rick Wakeman - The making of the Red Planet video - the album has been delayed due to Covid-19 associated logistical problems

 

 

 

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Album review: The Island by Echorec

 

Echorec’s The Island is about a journey of self discovery as it follows the story of a young girl raised in isolation on a lighthouse rock by her single mother

 

The concept is quite an undertaking for the debut release by a young band but I suspect they’ve got a bright future ahead of them – a view shared by Prog magazine who named them in their list of 16 bands to look out for this year - this is very good melodic modern prog

 

Read the full review here

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