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. The fans are even served by a glossy magazine, now in its fourth year and, seemingly against all odds, entirely devoted to prog in all its forms and issued every 6 weeks: Prog (published by Team Rock.)
The ProgBlog has been put together to encourage discussion about progressive rock music. The content is subjective because it represents my personal journey through progressive rock. It has not been a lonely journey. I have family members and good friends who have walked this path with me (and still do.)
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Still to come: Reviews of the ESP 2.0 premiere of 22 Layers of Sunlight from the Half Moon, Putney (17/4/18),
Le Orme ft. David Cross in Brescia (20/4/18), and Tangerine Dream at the Union Chapel (23/4/18)