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Prog Issue 94

Since its arrival at the tail end of the 60s progressive rock has offered the world some of the most fascinating music ever heard, in varying guises over the years. Prog magazine brings you the stories behind the people who create these astounding sounds and amazing music, be they the classic originators such as Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes, to the 80s revivalists such as Marillion and IQ, all the way through to those musicians today who have done so much to help rejuvenate the genre such as Muse, Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Opeth and Anathema. In depth and behind the scenes stories of classic albums and tours sit side by side with widespread coverage of what‘s happening at today’s cutting edge of progressive music.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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ed’s letter

So it’s the last issue of 2018, and as you will see from the illustration above, artist John Langton has once again created the Prog Xmas card, this year based on a seasonal classic. This issue we cast our eyes back over the past 12 months as the writers vote for their albums of the year. It was a close run this year, and the results make for very interesting reading. We’ll be asking you to do the same for the 2018 Readers’ Poll for next issue. There’s a form on page 97 for you to fill in and post, you can vote by email or you can also vote via the website. We look forward to seeing your choices as always. We’re already looking forward to 2019 with this issue’s cover…

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bloody well write

A CRIMSON REVELATION I would like to thank you all for producing a lovely and interesting magazine! I have read most of the November issue [Prog 92] and the articles re: King Crimson are excellent. I will never forget hearing In The Court Of The Crimson King back in 1969 on our new FM console. As a very naïve country-bred American teenager whose first 45 was Rag Doll by the Four Seasons, I was absolutely blown away by KC, Jimi Hendrix and Cream and Chicago. I do remember the British Invasion of the early 60s, especially the Animals and Rolling Stones, but KC was a revelation. I regret not seeing KC in December of 1973 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, but I did have university final exams to prepare for! Philadelphia in…

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tweet talk

Follow us on twitter.com/progmagazineUK THEFIERCE&THEDEAD @TFATD Someone described our band as a secret society the other day, probably slightly less secret now. NICK BEGGS @NickBeggs Sorry to hear about Pete Shelley from Buzzcocks. We did a festival with them this summer. Love to all who loved him. JUDY DYBLE @judydyble proper rainy cold November day comfort food. @jothekendall #DibblesNibbles RICK WAKEMAN @GrumpyOldRick Bexhill was fabulous last night. My favourite piano, fabulous audience, great crew at the theatre and pretty decent fish and chip shop over the road too. MARJANA SEMKINA @marjanasemkina I’m not posting a lot because I’m working a lot and oh boy I’m excited. Will have to start doing handwritten lyrics soon to cover some expenses but trust me you’ll like what I’m up to. JAKKO M JAKSZYK @JakkoJ An ice cold glass Of Sapporo, in Sapporo! Who’d have thought. OLIVER WAKEMAN @OliverWakeman I was playing Pink Floyd’s…

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I read Martin Kielty’s Paper Late article ‘Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence’ [Prog 92], and he hit the nail on the head. There are too many prog snobs out there who think that prog is only Yes, Genesis, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and Floyd. They think anything other than that isn’t worthy. It’s called prog for a reason: it should be forever reinventing itself, but carrying everything its invented in its wake. I was watching Von Hertzen Brothers at a festival once. The man next to me said, “How are these prog? They dont sound anything like Yes!” I said they are more your newer, modern version of prog. His response was: “Prog can only be from the 70s.” A very delusional prog snob. At the opposite end of the scale,…

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steve hillage band make live return

The Steve Hillage Band are to play three special shows this summer. They will take place at the Cambridge Junction on June 6, Manchester O2 Ritz on 7 and at the London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire the following night. What makes them so special is that Hillage and his band are to play a set that concentrates almost exclusively on the albums Fish Rising, L, Motivation Radio and Green, which span the period from 1975-8. “It makes sense to do this now because 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the last [full] UK tour done by The Steve Hillage Band,” explains Steve Hillage to Prog. “It’s been talked about for a while, and finally the opportunity has come up.” The last time The Steve Hillage Band played live was in 2009 and…

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solo album for purson founder

Purson’s former powerhouse is preparing to release her self-titled solo album this spring. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rosalie Cunningham has broken her silence nearly two years after the psychedelic proggers split. “I just needed some time out; I needed some time to reflect on where I wanted it to go because Purson ended quite messily for me and it just put me off jumping straight back into the industry,” she reveals. “I was just writing cathartically, really, and [the songs] ended up sounding like a body of work.” Unsurprisingly the new material has echoes of Cunningham’s previous band – some of the songs were originally intended for Purson’s next album – but there are also a few surprises including an as yet untitled 15-minute prog epic. “I probably would have never put it on…