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Reviews for the Third Edition

Reviews for the third edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive rock (will be updated).

"500 excellent essays that merge album reviews with band histories, and then mash that into an over-arching chronological framework to not only trace the genre’s “rise” and “fall,” but also the vast parameters that it was capable of embracing." - Dave Thompson, Goldmine Magazine

Ric Parnell, RIP

Ric Parnell, drummer for Atomic Rooster and Nova, but best known as Mick Shrimpton in Spinal Tap have passed away after an illness. Here's a tasty example of his drumming, on a track that combines the power of Mahavishnu with the swing of Earth, Wind & Fire!

Klaus Schulze, RIP

Electronic pioneer and drummer Klaus Schulze has passed away yesterday after a lengthy illness. From his drumming days with Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, and then on to a prolific career as a pioneering electronic music artist, label owner (Innovative Communication) and collaborator, his career spanned several decades and hundreds of releases. If you do not know his music, I simply ask that you check out his 1975-released album Picture Music, a truly timeless recording of electronic music. RIP, my condolences to his family and friends.

Peter Banks Documentary update

It's still in production!

Berlin Krautrock exhibition celebrates groundbreaking genre

If you live in Berlin, don't miss this exhibition. I've just ordered the book!

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Robert Fripp Exposures

The long-awaited 32-disc boxed set of Robert Fripp in the studio and in concert 1977 - 1983 will be released on 27th May 2022... Including 68 hours of Frippertronics. Oddly, I'm interested in this.

Ian McDonald, RIP

Ian McDonald, best known for his work with King Crimson and Foreigner, has passed away at age 75. Our condolences to he family and friends.

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BYG Records reissues Daevid Allen and more

The first 4 remastered original BYG albums are online - bandcamp exclusivity! Beginning in February 2022, BYG will reissue their now rare and collectable original albums. Newly remastered from the original BYG tapes, each album will be released on CD/LP/D with exclusive sleeve notes by Kevin Le Gendre and John Masouri.

Lutz Ulbrich

Lutz “Lüül” Ulbrich was born in the Charlottenburg section of Berlin, West Germany, in 1952.
"I remember listening to Elvis songs in the 1950s; my parents had some singles. I also really liked the ‘Th e River Kwai March’ and the German National Anthem! I discovered both in a jukebox at the age of 5, when I was on vacation in Austria with my parents. My father though told me not to choose the ‘Das Deutschlandlied’ too often—which I could not understand, as I liked the melody a lot!"

Michael Rother

Michael Carl Rother was born in 1950, in Hamburg, West Germany.

Steve Hillage

Stephen Simpson Hillage was born in Walthamstow, Greater London, in 1951.

"I was born in Walthamstow, which is the next borough further in to Central London. My parents moved to Chingford when I was 2 years old. My parents were college educated and saw themselves as intellectuals – my father was an economist and my mother worked in the social services. I would say I had a fairly comfortable middle class upbringing."