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Bowie, David

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With a career spanning several decades and dozens of musical styles, David Bowie remains the man that put art into art rock. His "Berlin Trilogy" with Brian Eno should be of keen interest to fans of the progressive era.

Founded: 1947

Location: Brixton, London, England

Website: David Bowie

Browne, Duncan

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Duncan Browne's earliest work is folk or baroque inspired, and his self-titled 1973 release yielded an UK Top 20 single with "Journey". He then ventured to electric guitar and formed Metro with Sean Lyons and Peter Godwin. Browne left after their debut album, releasing a couple of solo albums in the late 70s with John Giblin, Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips. Sadly, he passed away in the early 90s after a battle with cancer.

Founded: 1947

Location: England

Website: Duncan Browne: Tribute

Calvert, Robert

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Best known for his role in Hawkwind, the mercurial Robert Newton Calvert also recorded a pair of solo albums in the mid 70s with producer Brian Eno. Upon his departure in 1979 and up until his death in 1988, his work comprised mainly on stage plays and poetry, but his moody, electronic work was certainly of its time.

Founded: 1945

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Website: Robert Calvert - the spirit of the p/age

Charlotte Church

While I'm a huge fan of Charlotte Church in the movie I'll Be There, I really don't know beans about her musical career. However, working with partner Johnathan Powell and producer Gethin John, her series of EPs this year are culminating to a quite inspired musical direction. Give a look:

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Cluster

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Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius parted ways with Conrad Schnitzler to form Cluster in 1971. Their improvised music proved ground breaking in terms of structure and timbre, mostly composed by treated instruments and electronic means. After leaving Berlin, they settled in Forst, Lower Saxony, and built a home studio, which fostered collaborations with many musicians, including Michael Rother, Conny Plank. Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier.

Founded: 1971

Location: Forst, Germany

Website: hans-joachim roedelius

David Bowie Is... Chicago

I had the great fortune of seeing "David Bowie Is..." exhibit at the V&A in London last year. Today marks the opening of the exhibit here in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, its only North American stop. There are many events coinciding with the exhibit, including a few classic albums being performed live, including The Disappears performing Low on November 22nd. Don't miss any of it!

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David Bowie, RIP

Just two day after releasing his latest album ★, David Bowie died Sunday January 10th at age 69 after an eighteen month battle with cancer. As a kid, Bowie was always on the radio. Those were such great songs (compiled on ChangesOneBowie), ones that I always wanted to sing along to, oh, and that guitar riff from Ziggy Stardust, it made me want to pick up a guitar and play! I remember the song he gave to Mott the Hoople, Little Drummer Boy with Bing Crosby on the TV, and the hype of the single Fame, the one he wrote with former Beatle John Lennon. As the years passed, so did records.

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Family

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Musically somewhat akin to Traffic and trademarked by the growl of Roger Chapman, Family was one of the most original and rewarding bands of the era. They avoided almost every cliche of the genre while remaining one of rock's most powerful live acts.

Founded: 1967

Location: Leicster, England

Website: Family Bandstand - Unofficial homepage for British rock band Family

Fripp & Eno

Not ever a band per se, but rather a project, with Revox.

Founded: 1973

Location: London, England

Fripp, Robert

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Robert Fripp's work with King Crimson, Brian Eno, David Bowie earned him a reputation as one of England's original guitarists, and one of prog rock's cornerstones.

Founded: 1946

Location: Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England

Website: DGM Live!