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Unformatted text preview: History of Rock Music - Lecture 9 Lecture 9: PROGRESSIVE ROCK GENESIS with Peter Gabriel in costume "Few styles of popular music have generated as much controversy as progressive rock. This style, which emerged in the wake of the counterculture, today is best remembered for its gargantuan stage shows, its fascination with epic subject matter drawn from science fiction, mythology, and fantasy literature, and above all for its attempts to combine classical music's sense of space and monumental scope with rock's raw power and energy. Its dazzling virtuosity and spectacular live concerts made it hugely popular with fans during the 1970s, who saw bands such as King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP for short), Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull bringing a new level of depth and sophistication to rock. On the other hand, critics branded the elaborate concerts of these bands as self-indulgent and materialistic. They viewed progressive rock's classical/rock fusion attempts as elitist, a betrayal of rock's populist origins. Not only has progressive rock been largely despised by the rock critics, it has also been largely ignored by popular music scholars. This is probably because it does not prominently chronicle minority or working-class disaffection in the manner of punk or reggae, and therefore does not easily lend itself to the neo-Marxist interpretations which have been the hallmark of popular music scholarship." (Excerpt from the book Rocking the Classics by Edward Macan) From Psychedelic Rock to Progressive Rock Generally, "progressive" denotes a form of rock music in which electric instruments and rock-band formats are integrated with European classical motifs and orchestrations, typically forming extended, intricate, multi-sectional suites. The progressive rock (also known as “Art-Rock”) movement began in Britain in the late Sixties as an outgrowth of psychedelia's adventurism, and owes its lyrics' frequent use of cosmic themes to acid rock. But progressive rock is definitely a Seventies genre, accenting a daunting instrumental virtuosity and grandiosity over down-to-earth directness. They created lush, well-orchestrated music while expounding on the world through lyrics. More often than not, allegorical tales were woven with strange and sometimes/menacing fairy-tale characters. Art-rock was structurally complex when compared to blues- rooted hard rock contemporaries, and it featured a sound collage of keyboards, synthesizers, and studio- layered instruments. Many of the progressive rock musicians, unlike the previous generation of 60s rockers, had studied at universities, often in the classical music program. PINK FLOYD Formed in 1965, London , England (L-R: Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright.) Pink Floyd, who started as one of the bands of the London psychedelic underground, changed course when lead singer and guitarist Syd Barrett became mentally ill and was replaced by guitarist David Gilmour. At lead singer and guitarist Syd Barrett became mentally ill and was replaced by guitarist David Gilmour....
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