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Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock
by Will Romano
(Book). 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-friendl ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Backbeat Books
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I enjoyed this primarily because I am old enough to have lived through it all and this helped enormously with the references, but make no mistake, this is not a history of progressive rock, but rather a potted history of some chosen prog-rock bands. If this wets your appetite enough to purchase works that deal in depth with these bands, then it will have served a good purpose. It really needed a good proof reader and a banning of the word "sophomore"! I would have preferred a year by year accoun ...more
Great title, nice looking large-format book with lots of beautiful illustrations, pretty strong writing. But some poor editing in places, and while a book covering this much ground can't be comprehensive, there are weak spots and gaps that could have been avoided.
Excelente guía del rock progresivo, ilustrada con abundantes fotografías y reseñas. Lectura indispensable para todos los aficionados a este bello género musical. Aunque el libro se centra en el progresivo británico, con sendos capítulos destinados a PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON, ELP, YES, GENESIS y JETHRO TULL, entre otros, también le dedica un capítulo al Progresivo Italiano, y otro más al Krautrock, el subgénero alemán. El libro abarca desde un par de años antes del surgimiento del Progresivo (196 ...more
Well thought out and presented in an intelligent manner...The author clearly makes the progression (pun!) from psychedelic roots into what became progressive rock in all of it's amalgamations and continues on to show how the past informs the present in the newest resurgence of the genre. Great interviews and photos.