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Band/Artist Bio

Steve Hillage's first group following his completion of studies at Canterbury. Second incarnation with Dave Stewart never recorded (he guested on their only record).

King Crimson

From their debut album and striking cover art, constantly shuffling lineup, groundbreaking music, never-say-die reformations, no band epitomizes the "British prog" ethos better than King Crimson.

Kingdom Come

Arthur Brown's post-Crazy World band. Third album made early use of drum machines.


Originally called The Kubas, the band had its same roots in Liverpool. They spent time in Germany, and toured with The Beatles in the UK. Despite high profile appearances (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), their singles never charted and by the time the band's eponymous psychedelic album was released in late 1969, they had effectively disbanded. Keith Ellis would join Van der Graaf Generator.

Kristina, Sonja

Sonja Kristina got her start singing in the musical Hair before joining Curved Air. She was also married to Stewart Copeland of the Police.

Lake, Greg

Singer and bassist for King Crimson MK 1, and then on to prog supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer. Incredibly sappy solo albums defy description.

Led Zeppelin

It is impossible to underestimate the impact of the early Zeppelin recordings.

Lees, John

Founding member of Barclay James Harvest, Lees' lone solo album was recorded in 1972.

Long Hello, The

Van Der Graaf Generator, sans Peter Hammill

Mabel Greer's Toyshop

A precursor to Yes (and post-Syn), the band was revived in 2014 by originals Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger, with Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. Both songs "Beyond And Before" and "Sweetness" appeared on the first Yes album.

Mackay, Andy

Andy Mackay's place in history is as the sax player for Roxy Music.


Wales' favorite sons, Man rose to fame as a live act in the early 70s. As with any band on the United Artists label, the Manband are top shelf rock band.

Manfred Mann's Chapter Three

Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg's jazz rock outfit pre-dated the Earth Band.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band

South African-born Manfred Mann had a series of pop hits in the UK during the 60s. After a brief spell in the jazz-oriented Chapter Three (with Mike Hugg), Mann formed his progressive rock outfit, the Earth Band.

Manzanera, Phil

Born Philip Targett-Adams, Phil Manzanera is best know for his role in Roxy Music.

Marillion (Fish era)

Marillion are the best known and most commercially successful of the "neo-progressive" bands from the 1980s. Singer Fish fronted the band through their first four studio albums, although each member became well-known as a musician in his own right. After Fish's departure in 1988, singer Steve Hogarth joined the band.

Marillion (Hogarth era)

After the departure of lead singer Fish, the band regrouped around new vocalist Steve Hogarth in 1989. After an album or two however, there's been no looking back: the band has gone on to create music far more original than their "neo-progressive" roots. Marillion remain the most successful groups of prog rock's "modern" era.

Mason, Nick

Founding member of Pink Floyd

Matching Mole

Wyatt's post-Soft Machine band

Mayall, John & The Bluesbreakers

Led by John Mayall, the Bluesbreakers were a virtual who's-who of the British blues and jazz scene. The band that recorded 1968's Bare Wires eventually morphed into Colosseum.

McDonald and Giles

Founding members of King Crimson

Michael Moorcock's Deep Fix

Namesake sci-fi author and Hawkwind collaborator joined with Simon King and ex-High Tide members for a one-off album.

Mogul Thrash

James Litherland led band from Scotland, featured John Wetton on bass and the "Dundee Horns", Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan. Eponymous album is much in the vein of Colosseum's horn rock.

Money, Zoot

Since the early 60s, George Bruno "Zoot" Money has been a fixture on the British music scene, as a bandleader (The Big Roll Band, Dantalian's Chariot), a musician (New Animals, Ellis, Grimms) and an actor.

Moody Blues, The

The Moody Blues had rather humble R&B beginnings before discovering the Mellotron and making the switch to art rock. Although they became the first widely accepted progressive band, only their lyrics transcended their pop origins. Massively successful, after releasing seven albums in five years, the Blues took a needed break, only to return to even greater success in the early 80s.