Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Pandora's Box calls The Progressive Underground "Inescapable"





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KEV ROWLAND: THE PROGRESSIVE UNDERGROUND.
AN INDEPENDENT GUIDE TO THE SERVICE OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK

As Kev himself explains, progressive rock did not disappear with the advent of punk or the lack of support from the media. On the contrary, despite the lack of global communication in those days of the late eighties of the last century, in which the Internet was a tool that was little used, there were magazines or media that did continue for years, while others disappeared after the publication of a few copies.

One of those publications that reported on this prolific progressive scene, never disappeared on the other hand, was Feedback, which appeared as a newsletter in 1988, but which in 1990, promoted by Kev Rowland, became a magazine at the service of promoting that music not reviewed in any mainstream media.

Feedback covered a long period, between 1991 and 2006, and Kev Rowland has decided to group all those new bands, of different success and recognition today, and the reviews that appeared in the magazine in The Progressive Underground, an ambitious project published in three volumes. that include not only data on the then novelties of Ageness, Ezra, Fruitcake, Anabis, Chandelier, Egdon Heath, Gray Lady Down, Everon or Höyre-Kone, or groups like Ark, Flower Kings, Galahad, Haze, Finneus Gauge or Freewill, to name a few, but also of established ones like ELP, Gentle Giant or Steve Hackett, to name others.

The volumes, in which the groups are arranged alphabetically, include treasures such as reviews of the demos of famous bands such as Citizen Cain or Big Big Train. The first volume of this impressive collection includes groups up to H; the second from I to S; and the third will complete the alphabet and will include, in turn, reviews of videos, DVDs and even concerts.

An opportunity to attend, learn and research a whole generation of musicians who kept, in one way or another, the progressive genre (and its derivatives) in a fluid stream that remained with effort and great dedication to this day.

Contact Kev and he will inform you in person about the acquisition and characteristics of this inescapable work that deserves to be on our shelves.

You can write directly to gonzo@dfz.org.uk, or you can purchase it from Amazon directly. You will not regret.






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