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Chris Squire, RIP

Chris Squire passed away Saturday, June 27th, at age 67, ending his battle with leukaemia. Yes' Fragile, a birthday gift from my sisters on my twelfth birthday, started my progressive music journey, and of course, his bass playing was a big part of that. To wit, just listen to the opening moments of "Beyond And Before" from Yes' debut album: Squire's bass nearly defined Yes music. This photo, from Fragile's insert, was quite iconic for my young impressionable mind, as I tried to count the number of overdubs on "The Fish (Shindleria Praematurus)".

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Cid, José

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Born José Albano Cid de Ferreira Tavares, Cid was a member of the Portugese band Quarteto 111, but best known in progressive circles for creating the symphonic masterpiece, 10,000 Anos Depois Entre Venus e Marte. Later Cid performed in the Eurovision contest in 1980.

Founded: 1942

Location: Chamusca, Portugal

Website: José Cid

Clearlight

Project led by French keyboardist Cyrille Verdeaux

Founded: 1973

Location: Paris, France

Website: Welcome to Clearlight 888 Music

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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Curved Air

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One of the few progressive bands to feature female vocals, Curved Air featured the talents of Sonja Kristina, Darryl Way and Francis Monkman.

Founded: 1970

Location: London, England

Website: Curved Air

Daevid Allen, an obituary

Oh shit... 
Sorry for that. Anger, disbelief, sadness, a rush of emotions. Of course, every train eventually pulls into the station one last time, and my thoughts are for those closest to him, and to his bravery.
I can't think of many (any?) from Daevid Allen's generation that have influenced so many, not just musically, but on that oh so slippery slope that I'll call “the spiritual level”. Perhaps that's why we all take the news so personal? I mean there's so many of us, and only one of him. Queue up “Zion my T-shirt” from the new album...

Décamps, Francis

Two-fingered keyboardist from Ange

Founded: 1944

Location: Héricourt, France

Website: Le site officiel de Gens De La Lune

Delivery

Originally a vehicle for Miller brothers Phil and Steve, the band became the backing group for blues singer Carol Grimes. Pip Pyle was also an original member.

Founded: 1966

Location: Barnet, Hertfordshire

Website: philmillerincahoots.com

District 97

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Okay, I'm biased, but please do check them out.

Founded: 2007

Location: Oak Park, Illinois

Website: District 97

District 97 launches Kickstarter Campaign

District 97 Kickstarter Launch Shows at the Double Door in Chicago on 8/28, and Q-Bar in Darien, IL on 9/5!

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