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The Era of Progressive Rock
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
orchestra, bizarre, concept, long, insanity, aesthetic, trip, Barrett, opera, hippy, Exhibition, Harum, philosophical, spirituality, surreal, Anderson, template, Waters, Britain, Crimson, Siddhartha, elaborated, virtuosity, echo, America, sexuality, Brick, Edge, flashy, undecided
Progressive Rock
the style that develops in the 70s that is most consistent with the values of the            aesthetic
importantly happened in               
some progressive rock happened in the States but it was mostly an          of the progressive rock going on in Britain
an obsession with                albums
the important thing
the big idea
the album
the artwork
not so much romance or                   
addressed                            issues such as god and the state and the universe
critics saw this as amateur philosophy, lyrics that were more vague than meaningful
music should "be a         "
made a self-conscious use of classical music, Jazz
the songs were         
lots of virtuosic display
groups who anticipated progressive rock
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" (1967)
"A Salty Dog" (1969)
very expressive
The Moody Blues
Album "Days of Future Past" (1967)
brings them together with an                   
The Nice
"Hang on to a Dream" (1969)
later turned into Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
The Who
not a progressive rock band but many of their features are consistent with the values of progressive rock
Tommy (1969)
called the first rock           
tells a conceptual story from beginning to end
Who's Next (1971)
based on a conceptual project called "Life House"
Quadrophenia (1974)
another concept album
In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
blended dissonant 20th century with consonant 19th century classical music with a pop and folk influence
created a                  for what was going to follow in most progressive rock music after it
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Emerson: keyboard player
1967-1970 The Nice
took classical music and made a rock version of it
Lake: the pop guy, had all the songs
Palmer: drums
1971 "Pictures at an                     "
Jethro Tull
started as a blues based group and morphed into a more progressive group
led by multi-talented Ian                 
focused on issues of religion and                          with a kind of biting social critique
Aqualung album (1971)
later albums didn't even separate songs out
just ran across the whole record
Thick as a            (1972)
most elaborate packaging
a newspaper based on a newspaper from a small British village
A Passion Play (1973)
the premier progressive rock band of the era
Rick Wakeman on keyboards
high lead vocals of Jon Anderson
explorations of spirituality
vague and non-denominational
album: Close to the          (1972)
most accomplished
based in part on Hermann Hesse's novel                     
important novelist to the counter-culture movement
in 1984 became a pop band with songs like "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Peter Gabriel (vocals)
Phil Collins (drums)
later Phil Collins as lead singer
focused on lengthy, carefully worked out arrangements with                tales often crafted by Peter Gabriel involving elaborate costumes in order to act out these pieces, and stories in between the songs that Gabriel would develop that were very fantastic and               , full of imagery and cultural critique.
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
those performances were probably some of the most                      staged performances of their era
unfortunately not much film of them remains of them
for its time it was a high water mark for what you could do with rock theater
Pink Floyd
it is generally                    if Pink Floyd counts as Progressive Rock
what's missing is were the overt references to classical music and overt                     
David Gilmour is a fantastic guitar player, the musicianship of his playing is superb
but he's not a              player
not someone who flaunts his virtuosity
but their music is conceptually within the tradition of Progressive Rock
mostly led by bassist Roger             
wrote a lot of the material after the departure of Syd               
Syd Barrett had a mental breakdown and left the group
was only with the group for the first album and a couple of singles
not very well known in                until Dark Side of the Moon in 1973
a complete classic
never had top of the chart success
but it stuck around forever
was on the Billboard's top 200 charts longer than any album in the history of that chart
topics: isolation,                 , horror of WWII
1979 The Wall
the most elaborately staged rock show you could go and see
Kiss or Alice Cooper show might be comparable
the was the end of the hippie                    because it marked the end of the last big concept album
shows were like Broadway shows
everyone had marks where they needed to be at particular times


virtuosic, adj. requiring a high level of technical skill, something impressive and sometimes flamboyant  "In the progressive rock movement, the songs were long with lots of virtuosic display."

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Progressive rock gem of the evening, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class: "a 1970s live performance of Emerson, Lake and Palmer performing their remix and extension of Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, refreshingly different."
Genesis like I never knew them, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class:

"Genesis of the early 1970s focused on lengthy, carefully worked out arrangements with bizarre tales often crafted by Peter Gabriel involving elaborate costumes in order to act out these pieces, and stories in between the songs that Gabriel would develop that were very fantastic and surreal, full of imagery and cultural critique.

These performances were probably some of the most elaborated staged performances of their era. For their time, they were a high water mark for what you could do with rock theater."

Most memorable moment in the video:Peter Gabriel turning to Phil Collins (with sideburns) on drums, "That's a bit fast, isn't it, Phil? Faster, Phil!"

And best YouTube comment:"Amazing song... but Peter scares me."
From the less musically inclined musical genre department, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class:

"Shock Rock, n. a term for artists who combine rock music or metal with elements of theatrical shock value in live performances, ranging from uncommon or sensational to ubiquitous and so widely expected as to be something of a basic requirement for any and every show.

American band leader Alice Cooper, often referred to as the "Grandfather of Shock Rock" refined this genre with expensive, upscale illusionary, graphic stunts, such as feigning decapitation with the use of elaborate special effects."
From the sad-to-see-this-genre-go department via tonight's History of Rock and Roll: "Pink Floyd's Album The Wall marked the end of the hippie aesthetic in that it was the last major concept album before progressive rock gave way to punk rock and the commercialism of pop music and heavy metal of the 80s."
1970s: Hippie Aesthetic, Corporate Rock, Disco, and Punk
British Blues-Based Bands and the Roots of Heavy Metal
American Blues Rock and Southern Rock
The Era of Progressive Rock
Jazz Rock in the 70s
Theatrical Rock: KISS, Bowie, and Alice Cooper
American Singer-Songwriters of the 70s
British and Canadian Singer-Songwriters
Country Rock's Influence on 1970s Music
Black Pop in the 1970s
Sly Stone and His Influence on Black Pop, Funk, and Psychedelic Soul
Motown in the 1970s
Philadelphia Sound and Soul Train
Blaxploitation Soundtracks
The Uniqueness of James Brown
Bob Marley and the Rise of Reggae
The Backlash Against Disco
1975-1980: The Rise of the Mega-Αlbum
Continuity Bands in the 1970s
Rock and Roll in the Second Half of the 1970s
U.S. Punk 1967-1975
1974-77: Punk in the UK
American New Wave 1977-80
British New Wave 1977-80
The Hippie Aesthetic: 1966-1980
The Rise of MTV
Michael Jackson: MTV's Unexpected Boon
Madonna as Disruptive Shock Artist
Prince and Janet Jackson
Other Groups Who Benefited from MTV
1980s New Traditionalists and New Wave
1980s New Acts, Old Styles and Blue-Eyed Soul
1970s Progressive Rock Adapts to the 80s
1980's Heavy Metal
1980s Heavy Metal and L.A. Hair Bands
1980s Ambitious Heavy Metal
The Beginning of Rap
1980s: Rap Crosses Over to Mainstream
Late 1980s Hard Core Rap
Punk Goes Hardcore
Late 80s Indie Rock Underground
1990s: The Rise of Alternative Rock
1990s Indie Rock and the Question of Selling Out
1990s Metal and Alternative Extensions
Hip-Hop in the 1990s
Classic Rock of the 1990s
1990s Jam Bands and Britpop
Female Singer-Songwriters of the 1990s
The Rise of Teen Idols in the 1990s
1990s Dance Music