Zitat Created in the late 60s, fashionable in the early 70s, hated in the late 70s, and ridiculed in the 80s, the rise, fall and rise again of Progressive Rock is a colourful and eventful story. However, many of the genres main protagonists - Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd and ELP - remain as popular today as ever.
"Prog" expert Stephen Lambe guides the reader through the early years as the music developed out of the late 60s Progressive Music boom, into its own genre, and reached full maturity with classic albums like Yes's "Close to the Edge" and Genesis' "Selling England By the Pound". He also discusses how the music was received and continued outside the UK, particularly in the USA.
Received wisdom has it that Punk swept Progressive Rock away yet the genre never died. An early 80s revival fell away sharply, but in the early 90s the movement began to re-establish itself, largely below the radar, led by Americans Spock's Beard. The rise of the internet and the decline of the worldwide pop industry allowed niche music, as Progressive Rock had now become, to flourish again.
Now a healthy and vibrant Progressive Rock industry exists once more, built around a network of international festivals like Nearfest in the USA. With the launch of high street magazine "Classic Rock Presents Prog" in 2009, and the chart success of Porcupine Tree, it appears that the genre is once again entering the mainstream.