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Pohjola, Pekka

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Bassist for Wigwam, his solo albums showcase his compositional skills. Worked with Mike Oldfield.

Founded: 1952

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Prog Kerfuffle

The Enid's Robert John Godfrey recently announced his retirement from touring due to health reasons, and also took the opportunity to "take a swipe at prog musos", including one Steven Wilson. To quote Mr. Godfrey, “The thing that pisses me off so much about the prog scene is that it is “all about” muso rock. It’s all about people like Steve Wilson who possess all the talent and all the production genius (and has made a great name for himself) … but who offer absolutely no content that is memorable or meaningful.

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Pulsar

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Hailing from Lyon, Pulsar were one of the first French bands to receive a recording contract from an English record label (Terry King's Kingdom Records). Dark, atmospheric, their first three albums are somewhat of minor classics.

Founded: 1972

Location: Lyon, France

Website: Pulsar is back

RARE 1970 FILM FEATURING DAVID BOWIE AND GENESIS UNEARTHED

Reporting from ultimateclassicrock (the Hawkwind footage was restored as well!):

"The Atomic Sunrise festival was held in March 1970 at the legendary Roundhouse club in England and featured a number of the underground rock scene’s most shining lights. The event featured David Bowie, Hawkwind, and Genesis, among others. All these acts were in their infancy, and that’s what makes the event so interesting. Fortunately, the festival was captured on film and now, after over 40 years, the film has been unearthed.

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Rare Bird

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Charisma label band that scored a hit with "Sympathy". In 1972, Mark Ashton and Graham Field left, and the band ditched the dual-keyboard format, recording three infinitely listenable albums for Polydor. Dave Kaffinetti is best known for his part in Spinal Tap.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: The JupiterSpace Rare Bird Web Site

Refugee

Prog trio featuring ex-Nice members and Patrick Moraz

Founded: 1973

Location: London, England

Renaissance

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Mark II, this version of Renaissance starts with Michael Dunford, and features the vocals of Annie Haslam.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: Renaissance » Band

Riverside

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From Poland, Riverside has made an international name for themselves with their progressive music.

Founded: 2001

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Website: Riverside - Home

Rush

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Canada's finest sons. From their early days copping Led Zep riffs, through the kimono "prog" era, and onto mainstream acceptance and platinum success in the 80s, Rush has defied all odds, remaining true to their spirit, music and fans.

Founded: 1969

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Website: Rush | HOME

Rush R40 Live

Rush releases its R40 Live concert set, November 20th. Here's a real gem:

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