Robert G. H. Burns brings together the many strands of the progressive rock movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s and follows the evolution of this remarkable rock tradition into the modern era. Exclusive interviews with some of prog rock’s most important progenitors supplement Burns’ analysis of the music itself.
In Experiencing Progressive Rock: A Listener's Companion, Robert G. H. Burns brings together the many strands that define the "prog rock" movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s to chart the evolution of this remarkable rock tradition over the decades.
Originating in the 1960s with acts like Yes, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Who, Jethro Tull, Genesis, and The Moody Blues, progressive rock emerged as a response to the counterculture on both sides of the Atlantic. Prog rock drew heavily on European classical music as well as the sophisticated improvisations of American jazz to create unique fusions that defied record label and radio station categorizations. Reemerging after the 1980s, a new generation of musicians took the original influences of progressive rock and reinvented new formats within the existing style. The trend of combining influences continues to the present day, earning new audiences among the musically curious.
Burns draws on his own experiences and original interviews with members of prog rock acts such as Colosseum, Renaissance, Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited, past and current members of King Crimson, Steven Wilson, and Brand X, as well as several others, to provide an exciting behind-the-scenes look at this unique and ever-changing musical expression'.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 “From the Beginning”: The Struggle for Definition
Chapter 3 Conceptuality: Embracing the Long Player and Advances in Technology in Sound Reproduction
Chapter 4 Enemies at the Door: Prog Under Threat
Chapter 5 A New Decade and a New Progressive Rock
Chapter 6 New Directions in the 1990s and 2000s
Chapter 7 Tripping the Light Fantastic: Progressive Rock and Spectacle
Chapter 8 New Life: Reuniting for Renewed Success
Chapter 9 Post-Prog: A New Struggle for Definition
Chapter 10 Conclusion: Is Contemporary Progressive Rock Driven by Musical “Progression”?