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Charles Snider featured in Prog Magazine #109

Charles Snider is featured this month in Prog Magazine's My Record Collection!
"The mastermind behind a unique reference guide gets his favourite albums out and tell us how an American kid covered a world of progressive music and wrote it up for all to enjoy. Strawberry Bricks forever..."

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Epitaph to release Rare Bird cover

Legendary German band EPITAPH is releasing a new single and video on 23 July. Their cover version of ‘Rare Bird’s ‘Sympathy’ is taken from the band’s recently released triple CD box set "Five Decades of Classic Rock". Both the single and the album clearly illustrate why Epitaph has earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost Prog rock acts.

Founded in 1969, Epitaph made music history in the 70s becoming the first German band to tour the USA several times. In 1974 they produced their album “Outside The Law” in Chicago.

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Gentle Giant Reunite via Fan Video

Whoever said there could be too many cooks in the kitchen? With a bevy of fans, six members of Gentle Giant reunite for "Proclamation," a fan video produced by Damon Shulman. Check it out!

Judy Dyble, RIP

Saw the news that singer Judy Dyble passed away after a lengthy illness. As an original member of Fairport Convention, Judy was a pioneer female singer in the London underground, and next, a catalyst for the formation of King Crimson. My condolences to her family and friends.

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Pye Hastings

Julian Frederick Gordon “Pye” Hastings was born in 1947 in Tomnavoulin, Banffshire, Scotland. He moved to Lydden, Kent, England when he was ten years old.

Eroc

Joachim Heinz Ehrig was born in 1951 in Weimar, Thuringia in the German Democratic Republic.

Hartwig Biereichel

Hartwig Biereichel was born in 1950, in the port city of Hamburg.

RIP Phil May

Pretty Things' singer Phil May has died at age 75 from complications in surgery following a bike accident. Make no mistake: When you talk about The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who and The Yardbirds, The Pretty Things need to be in that column. From early beat to freak beat to psychedelic to art rock, the Pretties were one of Britian's originals, and one of finest rock bands ever. I raise my glass to Phil, rest in peace and my sincere condolences to your loved ones. Long live the king!

RIP Florian Schneider

Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk passed away today after a short battle with cancer. There's no underestimating the importance of Kraftwerk's impact on modern music. They were pioneers, innovators, true originals, legends. I'll never forget hearing Autobahn on AM radio as a teenager in 1975. It was most American's introduction to music from Germany. For the band, it was a beginning, and over the next few years they would continue to create completely original music. David Bowie's V2-Schneider was in tribute to Florian.

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Rich Williams

Richard Allen “Rich” Williams was born in 1950, in Topeka, Kansas.

Martin Barre

Martin Lancelot Barre was born in 1946, in Kings Heath, outside Birmingham.
“I was born in 1946 and when I see photos of post-war Britain, the kids playing amongst the rubble, houses missing, the terrible, terrible mess, it’s not the Britain that I experienced. By the early 50s, you know, most of the rebuilding had been done. The post-war years were obviously very grim with rationing, so by 50s things were getting better for everyone and they didn’t want to talk about the war. People had moved on from it.”