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Latest news: Work has begun on The Strawberry Bricks Companion, a curated and annotated discography of the artists and groups from the timeline, 1967 to present. Due sometime in 2024.

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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

Lutz Ulbrich

Lutz “Lüül” Ulbrich was born in the Charlottenburg section of Berlin, West Germany, in 1952.
"I remember listening to Elvis songs in the 1950s; my parents had some singles. I also really liked the ‘Th e River Kwai March’ and the German National Anthem! I discovered both in a jukebox at the age of 5, when I was on vacation in Austria with my parents. My father though told me not to choose the ‘Das Deutschlandlied’ too often—which I could not understand, as I liked the melody a lot!"

Michael Rother

Michael Carl Rother was born in 1950, in Hamburg, West Germany.

Steve Hillage

Stephen Simpson Hillage was born in Walthamstow, Greater London, in 1951.

"I was born in Walthamstow, which is the next borough further in to Central London. My parents moved to Chingford when I was 2 years old. My parents were college educated and saw themselves as intellectuals – my father was an economist and my mother worked in the social services. I would say I had a fairly comfortable middle class upbringing."

Pink Floyd release live shows from 1971-72

From Loudersound: "With no prior warning, Pink Floyd have made 12 live albums, recorded between 1970 and 1972, available to stream." The shows are listed below and available on most streaming services.

They Came in Peace, Live, Leeds University 1970, Washington University 1971
Live at Grosser Saal, Musikhalle, Hamburg, West Germany 25 Feb 1971
Mauerspechte Berlin Sportpalast, Live 5 June 1971
Live, Lyon 12 June 1971, Tokyo 16 March 1972
Live in Rome Palaeur 20 June 1971
Amsterdamse Bos Free Concert 26 June 1971 (Live)
Live in Montreux 18 & 19 Sept 1971

New Gong Live album Pulsing Signals

Some great news, Gong are releasing a new live album from their 2019 tour. Via Kscope on 18 February 2022, but special booklet if ordered from G.A.S (link below). Here's the teaser:

János Kóbor, RIP, lead singer for Omega

János "Mecky" Kóbor, lead singer and founder of the Hungarian progressive rock band Omega, passed away today after battling COVID-19. He was 78. Founded in 1962 with Benkő László, Omega were Hungary's premier rock band. In 1967, composer Gábor Presser joined their ranks, recording dozens of records, including several in German for the Bacillus label with Peter Hauke producing. Their 1969 hit "Gyöngyhajú lány" ("The girl with pearly hair")" was covered by the Scorpions (as "White Dove") and sampled by Kanye West.

John Goodsall, RIP

Another dose of sad news, guitarist John Goodsall of Brand X fame, passed away today. This is from Percy Jones (Facebook): "To all Brand X Fans Together John and I were the legacy of Brand X. We traveled through lots of musical spaces over the years, steering our troubled band through the twists and turns of the music business and it's trolls. I want to thank all our fans for supporting us throughout our creative dreams. As the last torch bearer of the soul of Brand X I will do my best to honour John and the spirit of our band." My condolences to his family and friends.


Graeme Edge, RIP

Original founding member of The Moody Blues, drummer Graeme Edge passed away today at age 80. From John Lodge (via Twitter) "Sadly Graeme left us today," said Lodge on Twitter earlier. "To me he was the White Eagle of the North with his beautiful poetry, his friendship, his love of life and his unique style of drumming that was the engine room of the Moody Blues. I will miss you Graeme." My condolences to his family and friends.


New Jethro Tull Video

Ian Anderson has released a new Jethro Tull video, "Shoshana's Sleeping". Taken from the album ‘The Zealot Gene’, released 28th January 2022.


Jim Pembroke, RIP

News has reached me that Wigwam vocalist, pianist and composer Jim Pembroke passed away Saturday October 9th, at age 75. Although he had been living in the US for the past few decades he is of course best known for his work with Finnish group Wigwam and solo albums for Charisma. Born in England, he first moved to Finland in 1965. My condolences to his family and friends.