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Latest news: The third (and final) edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock is nearing completion. Written, fact-checked and proofread, I am in the process of finalizing this edition and readying it for print. For those that have purchased the first edition of the book, it is a considerable upgrade with over 200 more records added to the timeline. Early 2020 release!

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Into The Woods > Hawkwind

Artist: Hawkwind
Label: Cherry Red
Catalog#: CDBRED700
Format: CD
Country: UK
Released: 2017-05-05

Clive Brooks, RIP

From Nick Mason, of Pink Floyd: "With a heavy heart our Pink Floyd family say farewell to dear Clive Brooks, drummer for Egg and later drum technician extraordinaire, who sadly passed away." Clive was also the drummer of Uriel, a member of Steve Hillage's touring band, and a member of The Groundhogs during their Hogwash-Solid era. RIP, my condolences to your loved ones.

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I Advanced Masked

Love this one, from Robert Fripp and Andy Summers 1982 album. Wonder which director called for the scantily clad Asian girls?!

10.000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus E Marte > Cid, José

Artist: José Cid
Label: Orfeu
Catalog#: FPAT 6001
Format: Vinyl
Country: Portugal
Released: 1978-05

Where can I purchase the book?

The book is available directly from my on-demand publisher CreateSpace.com via Amazon.com. It is also distributed via Amazon in Canada, UK and throughout Europe. Book stores may order the book via traditional channels (like Ingram) or CreateSpace Direct using its ISBN: 978-0578189024. For bulk orders, or for signed copies, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Allan Holdsworth, RIP

Guitarist Allan Holdsworth passed away on April 16th, 2017, the news from a post by one of his daughters on Facebook. Uniquely talented, I would steer anyone to Gong's Gazeuse! album for a prime example of his guitar technique. When I was a teenager, I went to my local record shop (Spec's Music) and asked if they had Holdsworth's Velvet Darkness album, or if they could order it for me. The manager said to me, "He's pretty good guitarist, how do you know about him?" I replied that I had a Soft Machine and Gong album that he played on.

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Chariot Rising > Dantalian's Chariot

Artist: Dantalian's Chariot
Label: Wooden Hill
Catalog#: WHCD005
Format: CD
Country: UK
Released: 1996

Esoteric set to reissue Patto catalog

Esoteric Recordings are set to reissue the entire Patto catalog, with a load of bonus material; SPOILER ALERT:

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Automatic Fine Tuning

Artist: A. F. T.
Label: Charisma
Catalog#: CAS 1122
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1976

John Wetton, RIP

[Bad link: Invalid Node ID "3167"] has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. I had the honor of interviewing him via phone last summer, an interview that will feature prominently in the next edition of the book. Here's the portrait that Plastic Crimewave drew for it and an excerpt from my interview:

John spent the next few years in King Crimson as part of the monster rhythm section with Bill Bruford.

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