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    A new book on progressive rock

    Written by Mike Barnes, "A New Day Yesterday: UK Progressive Rock and the 1970s" will be published later this year by Omnibus press.

    "Music journalist Mike Barnes (MOJO, The Wire, Prog, and author of the acclaimed biography Captain Beefheart) goes back to the birth of progressive rock and surveys the cultural conditions and attitudes that fed into, and were in turn affected by, this remarkable musical phenomenon. He examines the myths and misconceptions that have grown up around progressive rock and paints a vivid, colourful picture of the Seventies based on hundreds of hours of his own interviews with musicians, music business insiders, journalists and DJs, and from the personal testimonies of those who were fans of the music in that extraordinary decade."


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    I will have to practice reading the King's English before I buy that one.
    It will be good for Christmas gift hints ( my wife appreciates them ).
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    Sounds really interesting, I'll keep an eye out for it!

    Bill

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    "Prog book" from an author who has already written one on Beefheart - is MY kind of "prog book". So I'm in.
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    I've found Barnes to be a very balanced and fair writer on the subject in magazine articles I've read. So that bodes well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    "Music journalist Mike Barnes (MOJO, The Wire, Prog, and author of the acclaimed biography Captain Beefheart) goes back to the birth of progressive rock and surveys the cultural conditions and attitudes that fed into, and were in turn affected by, this remarkable musical phenomenon. He examines the myths and misconceptions that have grown up around progressive rock and paints a vivid, colourful picture of the Seventies based on hundreds of hours of his own interviews with musicians, music business insiders, journalists and DJs, and from the personal testimonies of those who were fans of the music in that extraordinary decade."
    That's the kind of stuff I'm always interested in reading... Will proceed to buy.
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    Sounds very promising. Thanks for the heads-up!
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    Hopefully someone will bump this thread when the book comes out.

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    No chapter on Mandrill, no Rick L.

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    I seriously wonder how many replies this thread would have received if posted by some "usual" prog-nerd and concerning more recognizably "prog" contents.

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