Friday, April 6, 2007


Progressive Rock Reconsidered (Composer Resource Manuals)
by K. Holm-Hudson

Book Description
Progressive or art rock was one of the most important trends in rock and roll during the early and mid-'70s. Groups like Genesis, Yes, Procol Harum, and Pink Floyd broke new ground by taking classical composition techniques and structures and wedding them with the power and drive of rock. Yet, by the end of the decade, the punk backlash had pretty much ended prog-rock's reign as rock's leading style. Today, scholars of rock and popular culture have returned to these musical groups and their achievements with new recognition of the musical sophistication they brought to rock and roll. In this book, the glory days of progressive rock are relived in a series of insightful essays about the key bands, songwriters, and songs that made prog-rock such an innovative style. For fans-both old and new-this collection sheds new light on an important trend in rock and roll with repercussions still being felt among today's artists. Progressive Rock Reconsidered promises to be a landmark work on this important era in rock's history.

About the Author
Kevin Holm-Hudson is a Professor of Popular Culture and Music at the University of Kentucky

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 19, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0815337159
ISBN-13: 978-0815337157
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches =>>>>>>>>>>>

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In the Court of King Crimson
by Sid Smith (Author)

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Helter Skelter Publishing (March 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1900924269
ISBN-13: 978-1900924269

Book Description
King Crimson's 1969 masterpiece In The Court Of The Crimson King, was a huge U.S. chart hit. The band followed it with 40 further albums of consistently challenging, distinctive and innovative music. Drawing on hours of new interviews, and encouraged by Crimson supremo Robert Fripp, the author traces the band's turbulent history year by year, track by track.

About the Author
Sid Smith is a freelance journalist and arts coordinator. He has written the sleeve notes for a number of recent King Crimson CD releases and also maintains a King Crimson diary on the band's official website.

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Robert Fripp - From Crimson King To Crafty Master
by Eric Tamm

This book is not a biography of Robert Fripp. I know next to nothing about the man's personal life, and even if I did would not be particularly inclined to write about it. This is a book about music and ideas. It is a book about how a certain definition of music and a certain approach to the making of music have in recent years crystallized around the public figure of a certain individual guitarist.

To put this in a different way, this is book more about art than about the artist. The late Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, curator of Indian art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, criticized the modern sensibility: "Our conception of art as essentially the expression of a personality, our whole view of genius, our impertinent curiosities about the artist's private life, all these things are the products of a perverted individualism and prevent our understanding of the nature of ... art." As for "genius," a term which, as we shall see, Fripp has idiosyncratically incorporated into his own systematic writings on the act of music, Coomaraswamy wrote: "No man, considered as So-and-so, can be a genius: but all men have a genius, to be served or disobeyed at their own peril." ->>>>>>>>>>

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The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Revised and Updated for the 21st Century)

by Holly George-Warren (Author), Patricia Romanowski (Author), Jon Pareles (Author) "spawned the #1 singles "Rush, Rush" (Abdul's first hit ballad) and "The Promise of a New Day," "Blowing Kisses in the Wind" (#6, 1991)......

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This book is divided in five parts that roughly mirror those periods. (My main regret is that I did not end the "Eighties" in 1988. That is the year when a number of new paradigm shifts emerged. It was just too convenient for me to use 1990 as the watershed year. But it is not. If I ever revise this book, I will move all bands born after 1988 into the "Nineties").

Traditionally, books on the history of rock music begin by defining rock music as the meeting of country music and rhythm'n'blues, which is roughly correct (I believe that the rhythm'n'blues component was much stronger than the country component but, of course, it all depends on whether you consider Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley as the founding father of rock'n'roll). However, this definition is out of touch with today's rock music. Today, rock music is a genre that employs sampling techniques, electronic instruments, digital/computer technology, cacophony, and ethnic sources (beyond African-American and Anglo-Irish). The roots of today's rock music lie in the technical and stylistic innovations brought about in the first half of the 20th century. Rock music is also part of a stream of "popular music", whose beginnings can be dated even further back, to the end of the 19th century. In fact, it would be more accurate to define today's rock music as the meeting of avantgarde music and popular music. Therefore, my "alternative" history of rock music begins much earlier than most books on the origins of rock'n'roll.............. >>>>>>>>>

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The Genesis Discography
Covering the years: 1967-1996 - "The scattered pages of a book by the sea..."

Edited by Scott McMahan, compiled by a cast of thousands who volunteered information. (free download - pdf / zip) =>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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