Rocking the Classics

Rocking the Classics : English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

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This is the first authoritative study of the music and history of progressive rock, a genre praised for its virtuoso instrumental solos and gargantuan stage shows, but also criticized for its privileged, upper-middle class roots. By using an interdisciplinary approach that draws together cultural theory, musicology, and music criticism, Macan illuminates how progressive rock - which includes bands such as King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Genesis, the Moody Blues, and Pink Floyd - served as a vital cultural expression of the counterculture of the late 1960s and 1970s in more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162.1 x 243.1 x 26.9mm | 751.45g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 16 pp halftones
  • 0195098870
  • 9780195098877

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there is no getting away from its sheer vastness, tackling the quintessentially English subject with all the authority of a great American tome ... Macan's insight and detail is first-rate * Record Collector * For unreconstructed admirers of prog-rock this is a long overdue defence of a too-easily maligned genre, reason enough, if nothing else, to play those Genesis albums with pride. * Simon Evans, Birmingham Post *show more

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Despite having authored what is to my knowledge the first comprehensive study of progressive rock, I must admit that my involvement in the progressive rock scene has heretofore been as an objective observer, not as a participant. To be sure, I was a fan during the music's commercial heyday of the mid- to late 1970s-- although I never was involved to the point of joining any band's fan club--and I have attempted to remain abreast of developments in the progressive rock more

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