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    Prog Biographies?

    I thought it might be useful to have a list of biographies of prog musicians (or even prog related). Please post any you can recall including in languages other than English and let me know what I might have missed (I included a few in French and Italian so far)


    Bill Bruford: https://www.amazon.com/Bill-Bruford-...DMZF3DRJ69C517

    John McLaughlin: https://www.amazon.com/Bathed-Lightn...ohn+mclaughlin

    Jeff Beck: https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Wired-Gui...ords=jeff+beck

    Billy Cobham: https://www.amazon.com/Six-Days-Ronn...ds=jazz+fusion

    Keith Emerson: https://www.amazon.com/Pictures-Exhi...=keith+emerson

    Rick Wakeman: https://www.amazon.com/Grumpy-Old-Ro...7TDMZ106XB0ASW

    Mike Rutherford: https://www.amazon.com/Living-Years-...3KCS47CSRSBTZ9

    Greg Lake: https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Autobio...K6KY4KDYM1Y2AX

    Nick Mason: https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Out-Pe...8SSAWKR871SNJ3

    Pat Metheny: https://www.amazon.fr/Pat-Metheny-Ar...ds=pat+metheny

    Phil Collins: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Dead-Yet-...M1F6FHPEF8GDQN

    Maynard James Keenan: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Union...YPEKJRCVFA5ZY4

    Ginger Baker: https://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Baker-...MJR0G0T6D5YJ15

    Ritchie Blackmore: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Knight-...ADSC2YVB06MCYN

    Steve Hackett: https://www.amazon.com/Sketches-Hack...HS4PFTJQNNTMR6

    Jack Bruce: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Bruce-Co...785DZ580NKB4FQ

    Robert Wyatt: https://www.amazon.com/Different-Eve...785DZ580NKB4FQ

    Wayne Shorter: https://www.amazon.com/Footprints-Li...785DZ580NKB4FQ

    Tommy Bolin: https://www.amazon.com/Touched-Magic...ADSC2YVB06MCYN

    Didier Lockwood: https://www.amazon.fr/Profession-jaz...idier+lockwood

    Steve Lukather: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G237J9V...ng=UTF8&btkr=1

    Demetrios Stratos: https://www.amazon.it/Demetrio-Strat...metrio+stratos

    Frank Zappa: https://www.amazon.com/Real-Frank-Za...ank+zappa+book

    Alex Skolnick: https://www.amazon.com/Geek-Guitar-H...9G8QFWFGYVJA52

    Christian Vander: https://www.amazon.fr/Christian-Vand...ristian+vander

    Ian Anderson/Tull: https://www.amazon.com/Passion-Play-...s=ian+anderson

    Peter Gabriel: https://www.amazon.com/Without-Front...riel+biography



    A few books on groups which might be somewhat relevant though I was mostly focusing on individuals:

    Mahavishnu/John McLaughlin: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Passion...785DZ580NKB4FQ

    Magma: https://www.amazon.fr/Magma-nouvelle...keywords=Magma

    Soft Machine: https://www.amazon.com/Soft-Machine-...s=soft+machine

    PFM (there are several on them): https://www.amazon.it/Premiata-Forne...3&keywords=pfm

    Area: https://www.amazon.it/Consapevolezza...metrio+stratos

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    Man, how I wish the Vander / Magma books were in English!

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    The Ian Gillan book is an excellent read, and I assume an acceptable entry with Blackmore being included above.

    https://www.amazon.com/Highway-Star-...6370654&sr=8-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    The Ian Gillan book is an excellent read, and I assume an acceptable entry with Blackmore being included above.

    https://www.amazon.com/Highway-Star-...6370654&sr=8-1
    Glenn Hughes autobiography is also excellent. https://www.amazon.com/Glenn-Hughes-...s=glenn+hughes

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    Glenn Hughes autobiography is also excellent. https://www.amazon.com/Glenn-Hughes-...s=glenn+hughes

    Yep! They both are well worth including but I didn't want to risk too many less central prog citations initially lest I be harangued for being insufficiently 'prog' lol (the irony is that on another forum, I was told my half of my list wasn't even prog .

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    I enjoyed reading "Under the Ivy", the Kate Bush biography: https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Bush-upd.../dp/1783056991

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    Peter Banks: https://amzn.to/2LKYUph

    John Wetton: https://amzn.to/2SxVjgS

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    Dennis Plantinga - De geschiedenis van de Haarlemse prog-rock band Taurus

    Jrgen Balitzki - Electra, Lift, Stern Combo Meien Geschichten vom Sachsendreier

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    There's a second volume on John McLaughlin by Colin Harper.
    http://colin-harper.com/books/echoes-from-then/

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    Both out of print, but the previous version of PE used to host Eric Tamm's two books: Brian Eno: His Music and the Vertical Color of Sound and Robert Fripp: From King Crimson to Guitar Craft.
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    Anyone get this one? How is it?
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    Neal Morse - whatever his book is called
    Guy LeBlanc - there's a book about his life and work (written before his death), forget the author but he was at ProgDay along with Guy (RIP)
    Steve Reed - From Cyan to Magenta (book by lyricist Steve Reed)

    Ok, getting out of the classic prog rock zone here, but prog related!

    There's also a good book about Iron Maiden by Mick Wall. There's a book about Gentle Giant too.

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    A Pause In The Rain - A Memoir of Chuck Greenberg and Music Pioneers Shadowfax by Joy Greenberg: https://booklocker.com/books/2680.html

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    Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry: The Thrill Of It All by David Buckley: https://www.amazon.com/Bryan-Ferry-R.../dp/0233051139

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Neal Morse - whatever his book is called
    Guy LeBlanc - there's a book about his life and work (written before his death), forget the author but he was at ProgDay along with Guy (RIP)
    Steve Reed - From Cyan to Magenta (book by lyricist Steve Reed)

    Ok, getting out of the classic prog rock zone here, but prog related!

    There's also a good book about Iron Maiden by Mick Wall. There's a book about Gentle Giant too.
    A book about Gentle Giant? That's hardly outside the classic prog rock zone.
    Any information on this book?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Neal Morse - whatever his book is called
    Guy LeBlanc - there's a book about his life and work (written before his death), forget the author but he was at ProgDay along with Guy (RIP)
    Steve Reed - From Cyan to Magenta (book by lyricist Steve Reed)

    Ok, getting out of the classic prog rock zone here, but prog related!

    There's also a good book about Iron Maiden by Mick Wall. There's a book about Gentle Giant too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    A book about Gentle Giant? That's hardly outside the classic prog rock zone.
    Any information on this book?
    I meant the ones I posted above my comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    No, I have a hardbound Gentle Giant book, but I can't find it now.

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    This is the Gentle Giant book I think is being referenced (Paul Stump):

    https://www.amazon.com/Gentle-Giant-...s=Gentle+Giant

    I got it, it's pretty good. Well worth buying for the fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhabreath View Post
    This is the Gentle Giant book I think is being referenced (Paul Stump):

    https://www.amazon.com/Gentle-Giant-...s=Gentle+Giant

    I got it, it's pretty good. Well worth buying for the fan.
    Yep, that's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Neal Morse - whatever his book is called
    Guy LeBlanc - there's a book about his life and work (written before his death), forget the author but he was at ProgDay along with Guy (RIP)
    Steve Reed - From Cyan to Magenta (book by lyricist Steve Reed)

    Ok, getting out of the classic prog rock zone here, but prog related!

    There's also a good book about Iron Maiden by Mick Wall. There's a book about Gentle Giant too.
    I forgot about the Neal Morse book. It is a little preachy in spots, but I enjoyed it and certainly gave a lot of background to his story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
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