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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

LINK: How Prog Rock Influenced Writers

Do you listen to Pink Floyd or Yes or King Crimson for inspiration?
On today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with Rare Bird Lit publisher Tyson Cornell and author Marc Weingarten, the collaborators behind a new anthology about progressive rock. In Yes Is the Answer (And Other Prog Rock Tales), novelists and journalists share their personal experiences with this largely ignored genre of music.
Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. We’ve also included a free prog rock Spotify playlist curated by Weingarten and some excerpts from the interview…
Weingarten explained why some writers are drawn to prog rock:
Prog rock fans are a certain type of fan. They tend to be more cerebral, they tend to get deeper into technique and virtuosity and complexity in music. They maybe want a little bit more from their rock music than just three or four chords (at least when you are a certain kind of 15-year-old rock fan). A lot of our writers feel the same way that we did. They had very fond memories of this music from when they were younger. I don’t think many of them had given it much thought since then, but when they got into their essays and went back, all these memories flooded back.

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