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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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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

Talk > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Victory (10)
Catalog#: 383-480-033-2
Format: CD
Country: US
Released: 1994-03-22

Battle Hymn > Wild Turkey

Artist: Wild Turkey
Label: Reprise Records
Catalog#: MS 2070
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1971
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
After being “excused” from Jethro Tull, bassist Glenn Cornick forged a friendship with drummer John Weathers, which led him to South Wales and its vast pool of musicians, including vocalist Gary Pickford-Hopkins, previously with Weathers in Eyes Of Blue and Big Sleep. Guitarist Graham Williams jumped on board, but shortly thereafter he and Weathers and were off to join Graham Bond’s Magick. Fresh from Man, Jeff Jones replaced Weathers, while another Welsh guitarist, Alan “Tweke” Lewis, was recruited more nefariously.

Jim Rodford, RIP

Bassist Jim Rodford, a founding member of Argent and longtime bassist for The Kinks, passed away on January 20th. My condolences to his wife and two sons, and his cousin Rod Argent. RIP, Jim. (Photo from The Zombies Facebook page).

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Christian Buchard, RIP

Sadly, Christian Buchard, the founder of the German jazz-rock-world collective Embryo passed away. My condolences to his family and in particular his daughter Marja, I hope she continues the torch!
"Der Multiinstrumentalist und Gründer der Weltmusik- und Krautrockband Embryo ist am 17. Januar 2018 im Alter von 71 Jahren verstorben. Christian erlitt vor etwa zwei Jahren einen Schlaganfall und konnte nicht mehr auftreten. Seitdem hat seine Tochter Marja die Bandleitung übernommen. Im Jahr 2008 erhielt Embryo (gegründet 1969) den Deutschen Weltmusikpreis 'Ruth'.
R.I.P Christian"

RIP, Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues

Just the other day I was playing a compilation called Early Blues on Compleat Records. Love those early recordings of The Moody Blues, and of course, where would we all be without Days of Future Passed...

From Cherry Red/Esoteric:

Happy Holidays 2018

Happy Holidays and New Year to all, thank you for your purchase of the new edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, and to all the kind words that have been said about it. -- charles

John Etheridge interview on Jazzwise

From the UK Jazzwise website:
"AJ Dehany caught up with Soft Machine’s John Etheridge and spoke to him about his formative fretboard influences and approaches to guitar playing, as well as penetrating the complex chronology and politics of the ongoing Softs saga."

Wallenstein Live 1973

Recently unearthed live clip of Jürgen Dollase, Harald Großkopf and Bill Barone performing live for Radio Télévision Suisse in 1973. Top shelf progressive rock!

Dik Mik, RIP

From Hawkwind's Facebook page:
"We are very sad to let you know that our old friend and band mate DikMik, (Michael Davies), passed away early this morning. He will be loved and remembered for his innovative contributions not only to Hawkwind, but to a whole musical genre of which he was an important pioneer..."
Born 1943, in Richmond, Surrey (UK). Died 2017. A former roadie, joined Hawkwind in august 1969 as an electronics manipulator, adding sounds and effects to their music. He left Hawkwind in june 1973.