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Rocking the ClassicsEnglish Progressive Rock and the Counterculture$
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Edward Macan

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.001.0001

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Progressive Rock After 1976

Progressive Rock After 1976

(p.179) 9 Progressive Rock After 1976
Rocking the Classics

Edward Macan

Oxford University Press

The history of progressive rock since 1976 can be divided into two distinct periods. The period from 1976 to 1981 or 1982 was marked by the fragmentation of the genre into simpler, more commercially mainstream subgenres such as American stadium rock and British symphonic pop, as well as a noticeable decline in the creativity of the major progressive rock bands. It was also during this period that progressive rock lost its mainstream commercial viability. The period from the early 1980s on has witnessed three major tendencies. The first involves the major bands of the 1960s and 1970s; most have continued to achieve at least some measure of commercial success, but their challenge has been to avoid crass commercialization on the one hand and an endless restatement of past triumphs on the other. Second, the early 1980s witnessed the rise of the neo-progressive movement. Finally, a number of new bands have cultivated what might be termed a post-progressive style.

Keywords:   progressive rock, mainstream subgenres, stadium rock, symphonic pop, neo-progressive movement, post-progressive style, bands, crass commercialism

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