Progressive Rock Reconsidered

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815337157
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/22/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Holm-Hudson is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 History and Context
1 Progressive Rock and the Inversion of Musical Values 21
2 The "American Metaphysical Circus" of Joseph Byrd's United States of America 43
Pt. 2 Analytical Perspectives
3 Pink Floyd's "Careful with That Axe, Eugene": Toward a Theory of Textural Rhythm in Early Progressive Rock 65
4 Progressive Rock As Text: The Lyrics of Roger Waters 91
5 A Promise Deferred: Multiply Directed Time and Thematic Transformation in Emerson Lake and Palmer's "Trilogy" 111
6 King Crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic: A Case of Convergent Evolution 121
7 Tales of Change within the Sound: Form, Lyrics, and Philosophy in the Music of Yes 143
8 Precarious Pleasures: Situating "Close to the Edge" in Conflicting Male Desires 167
9 "Let Them All Make Their Own Music": Individualism, Rush, and the Progressive/Hard Rock Alloy, 1976-77 183
Pt. 3 "Don't Dare Call Us 'Progressive'": "Post-Prog" and Other Legacies
10 Somebody Is Digging My Bones: King Crimson's "Dinosaur" as (Post)Progressive Historiography 221
11 How Alternative Turned Progressive: The Strange Case of Math Rock 243
Notes on Contributors 261
Index 265
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