Prog Rock

Hillage, Steve

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A mainstay in the progressive scene, Steve Hillage's earliest work goes back to the Middle Earth club in the late 60s with Arzachel, playing alongside bands like Pink Floyd and Tomorrow. After a break to attend University, Hillage returned to music, first returning (ever so briefly) with Dave Stewart for the eponymous Kahn album before joining Kevin Ayers' Decadence. From there, he would spend the next three years in the classic Gong trilogy line-up where he would meet future partner Miquette Giraudy.

Founded: 1951

Location: London, England

Website: System 7 website


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One of the most under-rated groups of the progressive era, Hoelderlin's albums rival the best from the United Kingdom. The core of Hoelderlin's albums were released on CD by EMI in 2007.

Founded: 1970

Location: Wuppertal, Germany


Howe, Steve

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Steve Howe, guitarist for Tomorrow, Bodast, Yes, Asia and GTR. Guitar Player magazine vote him "Best Guitarist" for five years in a row in the late 70s.

Founded: 1947

Location: Holloway, North London, England

Website: Steve Howe - Guitar Rondo

HRH Prog VIII – O2 Academy Sheffield

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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?!

Ian McDonald, RIP

Ian McDonald, best known for his work with King Crimson and Foreigner, has passed away at age 75. Our condolences to he family and friends.



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Mark I Renaissance reformed in the mid-70s for a couple of albums.

Founded: 1976

Location: England

Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet (Tropical Version Brazil)

Brazilian version, led by guitarist Fabio Golfetti, with Renato Mello on keyboards and Claudio Souza on drums. See Violeta De Outno

Founded: 1993

Location: São Paulo, Brasil

Website: Violeta de Outono & Invisible Opera Company of Brazil


British-influenced prog rock band from Switzerland released one fantastic album, produced by Claudio Fabi.

Founded: 1977

Location: Switzerland

It's Psychedelic Baby Interview with Charles Snider

Charles Snider conducted an interview about The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock late last year with It's Psychedelic Baby magazine. You can check it out at the link below. Many thanks to Klemen Breznikar for this!