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Uriah Heep Shepperton 1974

Here's some classic David Byron, train-wreck and all, of the mighty Uriah Heep. Maybe not the most musically adventurous of the 70s, but certainly one of the hardest rockin' bands of the era!

New Celeste album

MMP 540 CELESTE - IL RISVEGLIO DEL PRINCIPE out in Autumn 2018. CELESTE is a very important name within the vast world of Italian progressive rock. Like many other bands, they disbanded after only one self-titled LP released in 1976, but thanks to that beautiful album we can consider Celeste among the greatest Italian prog groups.

Finki Open Air 2018

This year I will be travelling to Mani Neumaier's annual open air music festival in Finkenbach. The two day festival on August 10th and 11th, features an amazing lineup: Epitah, Faust, Amon Düül II and Marblewood on Friday, and Embryo, Birth Control, Kraan, Guru Guru, Jane and Vibravoid on Saturday. SEE YOU THERE!

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Proglodytes interview with Charles Snider

"Charles Snider’s The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock is essential reading for any fan of classic Progressive rock. The book is over 600 pages worth of prog rock history, interviews with fundamental and important progressive artists, and hundreds of concise, excellent album reviews. I first heard of Charles Snider when I cited him heavily in a paper I wrote in college on progressive rock, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I had the honor of asking him a few questions about his book."

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets

From Planet Rock:
"Pink Floyd legend Nick Mason has formed an intriguing new band called Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets.

The five-piece will solely perform Pink Floyd’s early work including songs from 'The Piper At The Gates of Dawn' and 'A Saucerful Of Secrets’ at four ultra-intimate shows in London next month.

They kick off with a date at the 500-capacity Camden Dingwalls on Sunday 20th May and follow it with a trio of 250-capacity shows at The Half Moon in Putney on the Monday (21st), Wednesday (23rd) and Thursday (24th).

All tickets are now sold out."

King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator luminaries team up for new album

David Cross (who played violin / mellotron with King Crimson from '72 - '74) and David Jackson (sax player with VdGG during their classic '70s era as well as their '05 reunion) have teamed up for a new twelve track CD of original music. The CD is released by Cherry Red Records and can be ordered through the official Cross & Jackson website below.

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Yes' Fly From Here - Return Trip

Just in my inbox, the Pledge Music site has launched offering the vocal re-recording and remix of Yes' 2011 Fly From Here album, by the "Drama Lineup". Seems it's not really exclusive to the Fan Convention after all. I for one am eagerly awaiting this new release, the title track written by the former Buggles Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes.

Tracklisting:
Fly From Here – Overture
Fly From Here Pt 1 – We Can Fly
Fly From Here Pt 2 – Sad Night At The Airfield
Fly From Here Pt 3 – Madman At The Screens
Fly From Here Pt 4 – Bumpy Ride

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Didier Lockwood, RIP

French violinist, Magma member and student of Stephane Grappelli, Didier Lockwood has passed away at the age of 63. From his Facebook page:
"Son épouse, ses trois filles, sa famille, son agent, ses collaborateurs et sa maison de disque ont la douleur de faire part de la disparition brutale de Didier Lockwood dans sa 63 ème année."

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Happy 7th Birthday!

Hard to believe, but the strawberrybricks.com is celebrating its 7th year with the new design. Thank you to Robert Gomez and Ajenda Interactive for their help, and you the visitor for your support!

Manuel Göttsching book Deep Distance now available

From author Christian Wheeldon's blog site:
"DEEP DISTANCE - THE MUSICAL LIFE OF MANUEL GÖTTSCHING IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER.
Update: December 2017 - Still in stock and into a third print run! Well over six years in the writing, this has been painstakingly pieced together but was also a real labour of love for me.
Here's some information about the book:
-156 pages
-95,000 words
-Four pages of colour photographs
-12 black and white photographs/images throughout the text
-Limited edition print run