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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).

"Each of the over 500 entries is lovingly annotated with insightful breakdowns of each subject, which resulted in me reacquainting myself with many albums I hadn't thought about in years. Whether you are the novice getting your cape dirty for the first time, or a seasoned veteran who enjoys a fresh perspective, this is your mountain to climb." - Eric Reidelberger, Ugly Things Magazine

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.


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.”

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.”

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.