Well, I have been promising/threatening this for a long time, but the first volume of my three books on the underground progressive scene between 1991 and 2006 has finally been released by Gonzo Media. Together, the three books contain all my progressive demo/CD/Video/DVD and gig reviews from that period, as well as all the progressive interviews I undertook. Volume 1 is now available through Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Progressive-Underground-One-Kev-Rowland/dp/1908728841/, and contains all my demo/CD reviews from A-H. Volume 2 will contain all my demo/CD reviews from I-S, with the final volume containing T-Z, plus DVD/Video/live reviews and interviews. All three volumes are being released by Gonzo Media this year, and I firmly believe there has not been another series like it, containing reviews which were written at the time by someone close to the scene, instead of looking back into it from the present day. Each volume is approximately 300 pages long, and also contains the artwork for each release, including the demo tapes!
Here is the list of artists reviewed in this volume, many multiple times:-
A.C.T., Abarax, Abbfinoosty, Abel Ganz, Abiogenesi, Acid Mother Gong, Adachi Kyodai, Addison Project, AD Infinitum, Advent, Aelian, Aesculus Hipp, After, After Crying, After The Fall, After@All, Afterglow, Agarta, Ageness, Agent Cooper, Ajalon, Jan Akkerman, Alaska, Albion, Al-Bird, Alias Eye, Alien On My Mind, Alientar, Alkemy, Daevid Allen, Daevid Allen & Russell Hibbs, Amarok, The Amber Light, Ambervoid, Amorphis, Anabis, Anathema, Andeavour, Robert Andrews, Anekdoten, Animator, Annalist, Anyone's Daughter, Arachnes, Aragon, Archetype, Ardency, Areknames, Arena, Ark, Arkus, Artension, ARZ, Asgard, Ashada, Asia, Astralasia, Ataraxia, Aton's , A Triggering Myth, Atria, Attica, At War With Self, Ausia, Axiom, Kevin Ayres, Ayreon, Marvin Ayres, Marvin Ayres + Peter Gomes, Azazello, Max Bacon, Vladimir Badirov, Frank Balestracci, Band of Rain, Peter Banks, Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd, Barrock, Colin Bass, Adrian Belew, Believe, Robert Berry, Beyond The Labyrnith, Big Big Train, Black Bonzo, Black Bonzo, Blackfield, Black Jester, The Black Noodle Project, Tim Blake, Blow Up Hollywood, Blurt, Blyndsyde, Tomas Bodin, Jean Pascal Boffo, Bolt, The Bond, Andrew Booker, Christian Boule, Tim Bowness, Brassé, Brighteye Brison, Broadcast, Brother Ape, Budderfly, Tim Burness, Maryen Cairns, Cairo, California Guitar Trio, Laurent Calomne, Robert Calvert, Carpathia Project, The Carpet Knights, Carptree, Cashmere, Casino, Cast, Castarnac, Casual Affair, Marc Catley & Geoff Mann, Catweazle, Centrozoon, Cerebus Effect, Chain, Dennis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, David Fiuczynski, T. Lavitz, Chandelier, Chaos Code, Cherno, Chroma Kay, Circus, Cirkus, Citizen Cain, Citriniti, Cleopatra's Needle, Cliffhanger, Climate of Earth, Cloudscape, The Coenobite, Collage, Colorstar, Colosseum, Colt, Coltsfoot, Concerto Moon, Conqueror, Conspiracy, Court, The Covenant, Craft, Credo, Cross, David Cross, Cross 'n' Crazy, Cryptic Vision, Crystal Maze, Crystal Phoenix, Vedres Csaba, Curious Works, Curved Air, Cyan, Istvan Cziglan, D Sound, Daimonji, Damien Steele, Martin Darvill and Friends, Darwin's Radio, Darxtar, Alan Davey, Simon Davies, Dawnlights, Day Shift, Dead Soul Tribe, Death Organ, Degree Absolute, Deimos, Delta Cyphei Project, Deluc, Der Spyra, Deyss, DFA, DGM, Dialog, Different Trains, Difficil Equilibrio, Digital Ruin, Dilemma, Discipline, Djamra, Julius Dobos, Rudi Dobson, Tim Donahoe, Troy Donockley & Dave Bainbridge, Geoffrey Downes, Drahk Von Trip, Drama, Dreadnaught, Dream Aria, Dream Machine, The Dreaming, Drifting Sun, Sergey Dudin, Dulcimer, Dynamic Lights, Dyonisos, Earthling Society, Earthstone, East Wind Pot, Eat Static, Eccentric Orbit, Echolyn, Eden Burning, Edera, Edhels, Egdon Heath, Eldritch, Electric Outlet, Elegant Simplicity, Emerald, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Keith Emerson & The Nice, E Motive, Empty Tremor, Alan Emslie, Enchant, The Enid, Roger Eno, Ensemble Nimbus, Epidermis, Epilogue, Roberto Erdesz, Er Malak, Michael Ernst, Eskaton, Evenfall, Event, Evergrey, Everon, Evolution, Exhibit A, Existence, Eyestrings, Ezra, F.H.C., Faith, Fancyfluid, Fantasmagoria, Fantasyy Factoryy, Farmakon, The Fellowship, Mike Figgis, Final Conflict, Finisterre, Finnegan’s Wake, Finneus Gauge, First Band From Outer Space, Fish, Fitzpatrick, David Fiuczynski, Flamborough Head, Flat 122, Flight 09, The Flower Kings, Fluxury, Focus, Fonya, For Absent Friends, Forest Stream, Forgotten Suns, Jack Foster III, Frágil, Framauro, Frameshift, Framework, Free Love, Freewill, Sally French, Frog, Frogflavor, Frogg Café, Peter Frohmader, Frost*, Fruitcake, Fugato Orchestra, The Future Kings Of England , The Fyreworks, The Gak Omek, Galahad, Galahad Acoustic Quintet, Galleon, Gandalf, Garden Wall , Julian Garner, Jerry Gaskill, TheGathering, Gecko’s Tear, Peter Gee, Gentle Giant, George Velvet, Gerard, Jim Gilmour, Ghosts Of Dawn, Gordon Giltrap, Glass, Glass Hammer, Gong, Good Authority, Tadachi Goto, Grace, Grand Stand, Grass, Gratto, Greenslade, Grendel, Grey Lady Down, The Guardian’s Office, Yngve Guddal And Roger Matte, The Guitar Orchestra, Trey Gunn, Steve Hackett, Hamadryad, Happy The Man, Gordon Haskell, Annie Haslam, Hatfield And The North, Hauteville, Hawkwind, Haze, Head Pop Up, Hecenia, Henry Fool, Heon, Steve Hillage, Steve Hillman, Tracy Hitchings, Roger Hodgson, Holy Lamb, House Of Spirits, House/Goodway, Steve Howe, Höyry-Kone , Gary Husband
Attached is the press release, along with the cover art, and I would appreciate it if you are able to assist in publicising this further to get it in front of all those who would be interested if they only knew about it. Over the years I have reviewed countless thousands of albums, trying to get publicity for wonderful music which many knew nothing about, so now I am asking if you can do the same for me. To those of you who run PR companies, I am afraid I am unable to pay you to send this out on your normal mailing lists, but if I have been useful to you in the past then it would be greatly appreciated.
My thanks go to Jon Downes at Gonzo Media for pushing me to get these finalised, and to incredible artist Martin Springett who designed the covers for all three. Also, Volume 1 has a foreword by Stu Nicholson plus nice comments on the rear from Greg Spawton and Clive Nolan. I am happy to say I have been friends with all three of these guys for some 25 years now, where has the time gone? Volume 2 is currently with Gonzo for final checks, and has a foreword by Mark Colton and comments from Nick Barrett and Martin Orford, while Volume 3 will also be out later this year with a foreword by Artur Chachlowski and comments from Gary Chandler, John Dexter Jones and Steve Paine.
I am aware some of you may wish to resell this through your own sites as well – if that is the case please contact Jon Downes at email@example.com and he will be more than happy to assist with trade pricing etc.
Many people thought this day would never come, probably including me, but at long last the first one is out there, the second is finished and the third just needs the artwork inserting and proofing. It has been an epic piece of work, some half a million words had to be captured digitally, but finally, it is done. I hope you like it