Sunday, 5 May 2019

KEV ROWLAND - Polish review translated

Rowland, Kev - The Progressive Underground Vol. I (a book)

Artur Chachlowski , Rowland, Kev - The Progressive Underground Vol. I (a book)
In the age of internet and electronic social media, the world is not as huge as it may seem. And people, especially when they share their passion and common interests, can communicate on the electronic highway in an instant.
It was not always like this. At the beginning of the last decade of the twentieth century, just a few months after the defeat of the Berlin Wall (which in itself was a caesura separating two political ages), and a few years after leaving the Marillion group by its charismatic frontman, Fish (what a progressive rock fan was a caesura more important), a shipment from Great Britain came to my hands. Its broadcaster was Kev Rowland, who sent me one of the first issues of his own fanzine called Feedback devoted to widely understood progressive music. The feedback was based on the RockSIG (Rock Special Interest Group) newsletter of the Mensa organization. His first edition appeared in October 1988 and had 28 pages. The sixth number that landed in its mailbox already had 60 pages, in the middle there were a lot of interesting reviews of the latest prog rock albums. Today it is hard to imagine: fanzines, independent magazines, printing with a multiplier, postal mailing, gluing stamps on an envelope ... These were times. And I dare say that thanks to people like Kev and thanks to publications such as progressive feedback, and especially the propagation of knowledge about it, it could develop in the best.
And there was something to write about. Contrary to popular belief, progressive rock has not disappeared from the world map with the emergence of punk rock, and despite the lack of interest in commercial media, the wave of creating new bands and the emergence of new music has not stopped. Although the genre fell out of the mainstream media, luckily, the demand for this type of music has never ended.
Cordland's Feedback fanzine quickly became one of the most well-known, popular and influential industry magazines. In total, more than 80 issues appeared and it survived practically until 2006, when Kev moved from his native England to New Zealand, where he lives to this day and does not think about musical retirement - to this day, among others to the group of permanent reviewers of the MLWZ.PL portal
The time in which Feedback functioned was unique in many respects, and when it seemed that it was gone forever, the renowned publishing house Gonzo Multimedia has published a book called "The Progressive Underground Vol. I", which contains all the Kev album reviews that have been published in its fanzine in 1991-2006. The subtitle "Volume 1" indicates that there will be more parts of this release (Volumeny II and III will be released later this year), and this thick, 300-page book alphabetically includes artists from letter A to H (specifically from the ACT group to Husband, Gary Husband).
The first volume of The Progressive Underground includes a foreword by Stuart Nicholson from the Galahad group and, on the back cover, comments by Greg Spawton (Big Big Train) and Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon). Inside a few hundred album reviews, some of which have survived into the history of the genre, others have been forgotten, and the vast majority of them have contributed to the fact that they are raising a second and even third generation of listeners. This book is best treated as a kind of guide to the neoprogressive species. Thanks to this release, you can rediscover the wonderful albums of great bands and see that progressive rock has never really died, it just went from the mainstream to the underground.
Where can you get this valuable publication? "The Progressive Underground" is best ordered directly from the Gonzo Multimedia publisher:
Below is the list of artists you will find in Volume 1: ACT, Abarax, Abbfinoosta, 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, Alkemys, 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, Dialogue , 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, Eder, 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, FHC, 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 , Jerry Gaskill, The Gathering, 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, Gray 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 

The Progressive Underground Vol 1
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