What's going on with the website?
The domain name progressiverock.com is for sale. Please use the contact link below. Only serious offers to purchase this this once-in-a-lifetime domain name.
I am currently finishing up the revised and expanded edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide To Progressive Rock, due in early 2017. Thank you to the many artists that have participated, and to all those that have helped the process!
last update: 2017-01-11 | Final preparations for the new edition of the book!
Are you publishing another book on progressive rock?
Yes. Written by its webmaster, Charles Snider, The Strawberry Bricks Guide To Progressive Rock Revised and Expanded Edition (ISBN: 978-0578189024) is the definitive progressive rock record guide. The book is a compilation of the content of the timeline and a lot more, including a definitive discography, prologue and epilogue of the progressive era, plus interviews with many artists of the era. The second edition is due in early 2017.
Who did you interview for the book?
Dave Lawson (Web, Samurai, Greenslade), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Christian von Grumbkow (Hoelderlin), Derek Shulman (Gentle Giant), John Wetton (Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, UK, Asia), David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator), Pye Hastings (Caravan), Hugh Banton (Van der Graaf Generator), Gigi Venegoni (Arti e Mestieri), Hartwig Biereichel (Novalis), Ciro Perrino (Celeste), Michael Rother (Neu!, Harmonia), Joachim "Eroc" Ehrig (Grobschnitt), Rich Williams (Kansas), Steve Hillage (Khan, Gong), and Lutz Ulbrich (Agitation Free, Ashra)
What is the website all about?
It is a record guide to music of the progressive era of rock music. It charts and follows music from a discrete generation of men, mostly released in the mid to late 60s and onto the early 80s, the so-called "classic" era of progressive rock.
What is Strawberry Bricks?
Strawberry Bricks was a timeline poster first printed in 1991 documenting "twenty-five years of progressive art rock". The internet was nascent in those days yet the project succeeded on a few levels, including going out of print. Fast-forward to 2000, and Strawberry Bricks reinvented itself on the world wide web at its home site www.strawberrybricks.com The book first edition of the book saw publication in late 2007. A second edition is due in early 2017. The basic tenant however still prevails: the document of a record collection.
Okay, but what does "Strawberry Bricks" mean?
It's a quote from Jon Anderson of Yes, in response to a question regarding what category Yes music fit into. Click here to listen.
Why does the timeline end in 1981?
That's the scope of this site, the so-called "classic" era of progressive rock.
Where do you get the discography information?
The primary source for discography data on this website is Discogs.com via their API. This information is shared via a public domain license. More information about Discogs.com and their API may be obtained here.
Is this a commercial website?
No, Strawberrybricks.com is strictly a not-for-profit venture. Donations may be made through the Paypal block on the right.
Did Matt Howarth publish a companion sci-fantasy novel to the record guide?
Yes. From Matt: "Progression (is) an exciting adventure that combines fantasy, heroics and progressive music in an epic tale. Angler is a dashing swashbuckler who believes he's visiting imaginary realms inside his own head. But after rescuing a talkative scarecrow, the boy discovers that these universes are not only real, but they appear to be based on old prog rock albums. In a reluctant alliance with a cryptic wizard named Uriah Marx, Angler must travel far and wide to rescue his imaginary girlfriend and defeat the insidious Noise League before they can deafen everyone. Expect a solid blend of humor and action in this entertaining gem." It comes highly recommended and is also available from Lulu.com.
Did you participate in a radio broadcast about progressive rock?
Yes, Charles was featured on Sound Opinions show #207, first broadcasted November 13th, 2009: "School of Prog Rock: Jim and Greg explore the fantastical world of Progressive Rock with Charles Snider, author of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock." You can listen to the show here or download a podcast of the show here.
What was that KNOTS CD compilation? Can I still purchase it?
Electronica made with Gentle Giant samples. Yes, via Paypal. Check out the details here.
Who designed the website?
The site was designed by Ajenda Interactive Media and special thanks goes out to Robert Gomez for his expertise. Charles Snider is the webmaster.
How do I contact Strawberry Bricks?
The aim of the site is to be a definitive resource for progressive rock and your comments are always welcome. Please use the Contact Form for any inquiry.