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Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Edward Macan


Few styles of popular music have generated as much controversy as progressive rock, a musical genre best remembered today 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 momumental 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, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull bri ... More

Keywords: progressive rock, classical music, rock music, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, lyrics, counterculture, concerts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195098884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Macan, author
College of the Redwoods, California