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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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Christian von Grumbkow

Christian von Grumbkow was born in 1946, in the city of Oberhausen, Germany.

Hugh Banton

Hugh Robert Banton was born in 1949, in Yeovil, Somerset, England.
“To me, WWII has always seemed [like] an age before I was born—obviously, it was not, which must be infant perception. Th ere were always war movies on at the cinema; this carried on way into the 1960s, but there was undoubted optimism everywhere from 1950 on, especially once food-rationing finished. I think that drew a line.”

Reviews for the Third Edition

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

Portrait: Dave Lawson

David Clive Lawson was born in 1945 in Alton, Hampshire.

The Other Side > Nektar

Artist: Nektar
Label: Esoteric Recordings
Catalog#: EANTCD1082
Format: CD
Country: Europe
Released: 2020

Neil Peart, RIP

Total shock. Neil Peart has passed at age 67. From Rolling Stone: "The cause was brain cancer, which he had been quietly battling for three years, according to Elliot Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family. A representative for the band confirmed the news to Rolling Stone."

RIP, Neil Ellwood Peart, 1952 - 2020.

The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, 3rd Edition

The third edition will be published via KDP, which is Amazon. While we could debate the merits of using Amazon, I can just offer that it offers ease of use on my part, and ease of purchase on yours - local availability AND shipping cost in US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan. The books are printed "on demand" like all previous editions. The 3rd edition will be priced at USD $24.95, and an equivalent amount in the other regions.

The book is finished, now to figure out review copies, press, publicity, etc. Expected in late March.

The Rutles > Rutles, The

Artist: The Rutles
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#: HS 3151
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1978-04-07
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Rutles were a fictional band created by Monty Python member Eric Idle and ex-Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band member Neil Innes after The Beatles. The pair conceived the Beatles-eque song “I Must Be In Love” while working on their Rutland Weekend Television series for BBC. The concept gained traction to an hour long film All You Need Is Cash when Saturday Night Live’s producer Lorne Michaels and director Gary Weis jumped aboard.

Portrait: Derek Shulman

Derek Victor Shulman was born in 1947, in The Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland.

I was born in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland, in an area called the Gorbals. From what my brother Phil has told me, it was similar to areas like South Bronx or Watts back in the day. It was an incredibly rough and dangerous area, full of tenements with Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Catholics from Ireland, and Protestants from Glasgow all violently fighting for their turf.

I Love 1970s Prog Rock

We've got us a Facebook Group for discussing all things 1970s Prog Rock. C'mon and join!