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Unformatted text preview: Mar 27 notes Progressive Rock Musical features: Avoidance of the 3-minute pop single. “Stairway to Heaven” and “Thick as a Brick” Long, multi-section songs Avoidance of blues influence, “very white, not black,” a music of the mind, not the body Odd time signatures and complex musical structures Reference to and borrowing from Classical music: Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Picture at an Exhibition” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” are good examples Lyrics avoid party/love topics Increased studio sophistication Concept albums are common This leads to… Charges of “pretentiousness” Punk (about 1977) is the British reaction to the progressive movement of the early to mid-70’s Prog Rock began with Sgt. Pepper in 1967 “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” Albums become more important than singles Bands spend more time crafting albums The Who Pete Townshend attended art school in England The Who are considered the first “pop art band” after the release of Tommy, the first rock opera...
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- Spring '08
- Music, classical music, Frank Zappa, prog rock, Sgt. Pepper Zappa