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Experiencing Progressive Rock: A Listener's Companion

by Robert Burns Rowman and Littlefield
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Hbk 216 pages
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Robert G. H. Burns brings together the several strands that define the "prog rock" movement of the late 1960s and early 1970 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.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 “From the Beginninga: 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 “Progressiona?

Burns gets inside the warp and weft of progressive rock's intricate tapestry and shows us the hows and whys of it all. He neatly defines what makes prog-rock so different and such a product of its time, technologically and culturally. Most of all, he brings the music to life and makes you want to listen to it.
Robert G. H. Burns is associate professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Prior to moving to New Zealand, he was a professional studio bassist in the UK performing and recording with David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, Jerry Donahue, James Burton, Ian Paice and Jon Lord, Eric Burdon, and members of Abba, among others. He also played on the soundtracks of UK television shows such as Red Dwarf, Mr. Bean, and Blackadder. Among his academic interests are progressive rock music; the combination of folk music, rock music, and modern nationalism in the UK and Germany; popular music history; and bass guitar performance.