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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

Nik Turner, 1940-2022, RIP

It's being reported that Nik Turner has left the planet Thursday for the great cosmos beyond. Nik was of course a founding member of Hawkwind. Here's a shot from Chicago's Beat Kitchen in 2014. RIP dear Nik, my condolences to your family and loved ones.

Mike Oldfield’s TUBULAR BELLS Celebrates Its 50TH Anniversary With A Brand New Recording!

Mike Oldfield’s iconic “Tubular Bells” took the world by storm when it launched in 1973, and nearly 50 years later continues to sell over 100,000 albums per year, with a total of 17.5 million copies sold worldwide and 18 million streams. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this ground-breaking album, Cleopatra Records will be releasing a new studio album entitled Tubular Bells – 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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King Crimson Documentary announces screenings in October

Live streamed screening with introduction by Robert Fripp and Q&A with the director and band members.
Pre-order the worldwide live event via nugs.net to access the exclusive digital event for a 24 hour limited time window.

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A.R. & Machines: "71/17 Another Green Journey - Live at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg"

Due on October 14th - my birthday - proud to say I attended this concert in person!

Flash In The USA due in September

"Restored live recordings of the classic progressive rock band Flash from the 1970s. Featuring ex-Yes guitarist Peter Banks, singer Colin Carter, bassist Ray Bennett and drummer Mike Hough, the band had three Billboard charting albums, and a top 30 single with "Small Beginnings." Across three discs, this beautifully curated set contains twenty-two tracks from seven performances, most of them previously unavailable. 32-page booklet features exclusive band interviews, unpublished photographs, and an itinerary of their tours during the golden age of rock concerts in the USA."

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Colosseum Live Montreaux 1968

Review: Robert Fripp's Exposures, DGM 2022

There’s nothing that exemplifies the epic and excess of the progressive era than the Box Set. Perhaps it began with a tradition first laid down by Yes and Emerson Lake and Palmer with their opulent triple-live albums in 1973; but the multi-disc box set is also the logical conclusion of the CD reissue era. In the late 80s and early 90s it delivered the album on silver disc: no frills, not even that many words, just a shiny silver disc without crackles or pops.

Alan White, RIP

So sad to read, just days after the announcement that he would miss the UK tour this year, that Alan White has passed away today. RIP, Alan, thank you for your 50 years with Yes, and my condolences to your family.

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Vangelis, RIP

“We regret to announce that the world renowned composer Vangelis has passed away on Tuesday, May 17th, late at night.”
-- From his private office

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!