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

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(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, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Backbeat Books
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Adam McDorman
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great book to pick up if you have a passing interest in progressive rock. The book is divided up into chapter that focus on notable artists that played a major part in the genre, starting with the Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts club band) and moving mostly chronologically through Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, etc.

I think the author's intent was to provide a visually appealing intro to the genre, and he accomplishes that quite nicely. That means the book doesn't really venture of
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Virginia Fee
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prog is alive and well in the digital age.

Very good read, it is gonna send me running for Spotify to hear what I've missed. Gets highest recommendation. Excellent place to start for the new listener who wants to know more about this always changing and hard to pin down musical genre.
Martin Hernandez
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: progressive-rock
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
James Farrant
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Wolfgang
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is hands-down the best history and overview of progressive rock music ever!!

There are chapters about every classic prog-rock band. We visit not just wih the mainstays but do excursions through Canterbury and cover Gong, Soft Machine, Gentle Giant, the Italians (PFM!) and finally enter the modern era with Porcupine Tree, IQ, Dream Theater and more. A most delightful journey and rehabilitation of great area of modern music.

Highly recommended.
Ben
Aug 21, 2016 added it
I was startled by the number of errors in the printing that I read but it was a fascinating history nevertheless. Worth the price of admission just to read the many interviews contained throughout. DEFINITELY reignited my passion for prog even though I wish there had been more detail on major players like Van Der Graaf Generator, Peter Gabriel, Henry Cow, Captain Beefheart, Amazing Blondel, Gryphon and Brian Eno, all of whom are only referenced in passing
Chesky Bevo
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was great. Some of the groups profiled don't fit my criteria for Progressive Rock but it was interesting reading about them nonetheless.
I looked up some of the obscure groups I had never heard of and found them to be quite enjoyable. for the most part. I'll probably purchase some new CDs because of this book so it's a win-win!
Nickie
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Mark
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Durai
Jul 20, 2011 marked it as to-read
i would like this book
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An entertaining and informative look at a genre of music that mystifies many.
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Great illustrated coffee table sized primer on a bunch of prog rock bands. Great way to get started into prog.
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