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Week 5 task: the legacy of Prog!

This week we are looking at the elaborating forms of rock music that were born out of the ashes of the psychedelic countercultural rock. What we’d like to hear is your take on the legacy of progressive rock. Music that tends to be one of the following:
– symphonic in structure
– conceptually driven
– epic in scale
– often lengthy tracks

Are any contemporary artists indulging in Prog or is it still a dirty word? Any musicians still clinging to the notion of high concept music?

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Week 5 Lecture A materials: Progressive rock?


Screening material




Further reading

Chris Atton (2001). ‘Living in the Past’?: value discourses in progressive rock fanzines. Popular Music, 20, pp 29-46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0261143001001295 

Simon Frith (1978) The Sociology of Rock, London

Edward Macan (1997) Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Bill Martin (1996) Music of Yes: Structure and Vision in Progressive Rock, Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company

Bill Martin (1998) Listening to the Future: The Time of Progressive Rock, 1968–1978, Carus Publishing Company [Google books]