tisdag 28 september 2010

Mountains Come Out of the Sky - The Illustrated History of Prog Rock

New York måndag: Man måste alltså flyga över Atlanten för att hitta en bibel med ett budskap värt namnet. På Barnes & Nobles jättelika bok-, cd- och dvd butik vid Lincoln Center stannar jag plötsligt upp fram för hyllan med musikböcker - drabbad av ljuset.

image Mountains Come Out of the Sky The Illustrated History of Prog Rock Author: Will Romano.

Baksidestext: From its artful beginnings (Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Mothers of Invention, and those progressive forebearers, the Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles), through the towering guitar solos, monumental synthesizer banks, and mind-boggling special effects of the Golden Age of Prog (Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP, Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, UK), through the radio-friendly “pop era” (Asia, the Phil Collins-led Genesis, and a reformed Yes), and right up to the present state of the art (Marillion, Spock's Beard, and Mars Volta), this is a wickedly incisive tour of rock music at its most spectacular. This is indeed the book prog rock fans have been waiting for, the only one of its kind, as fantastic as the subjects it covers.

Ur Bill Brufords förord:

“From Pink Floyds wildly imaginative The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn to ELP,s horrific 1978 Love Beach, progressive rock flew, like Ikarus, too near the sun, crashed, and burned. After a period of disgrace, a 1980,s neo-progressive movement took hold in the charred subsoil, to be followed by the current resurgent and reevaluation – of which Will Romanos excellent book is a part.”

Läs kapitlet om Genesis i pdf-format här.

Mer om denna bok… och andra religiösa uppenbarelser längre fram. Stay tuned.

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