School of prog rock

Prog - - Letters - Paul Goodge

I won­der if any­one is able to help point me in the right di­rec­tion. As a life­long (well, not yet, but I will be) prog fan, I’ve been won­der­ing about do­ing some­thing aca­demic given my pas­sion. I’ve had a brief look at univer­sity syl­labuses (syl­labi?) but noth­ing jumps out at me.

In essence, I was think­ing of a the­sis around the en­dur­ing rel­e­vance of prog rock. The prog rock move­ment, start­ing in the mid-1960s, car­ried for­ward the prin­ci­ples of ground­break­ing mu­sic per­formed by artists that often had clas­si­cal train­ing and were in a po­si­tion to know what the rules are to break them. That the move­ment has en­dured for over 50 years with some orig­i­nal bands still in­tact and per­form­ing and many oth­ers em­u­lat­ing them gives con­fi­dence that the genre will thrive for decades or more to come. Sounds fun, at least to me!

I’d want to do some re­search on the artists who pre­ceded Gen­e­sis, Yes, King Crim­son, Pink Floyd, VdGG, how the prog move­ment did and didn’t use them and why it seems to be en­dur­ing.

Any­body know any­one that can help?


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