The award-winning ProgBlog
Most people have heard of progressive rock (or prog rock, or simply prog) but the great majority of them treat it with mild disdain (at best) or outright hatred (at worst). Most of the criticism is a mindless rejection based on current trends and a misunderstanding of the genre; “dinosaur” is a common term of abuse, neatly parodied by Adrian Belew on King Crimson’s 1994 album Thrak.
There is an increasing quantity of literature on the subject, ranging from the analytical or academic (Edward Macan, Rocking the Classics; Kevin Holme-Hudson, Progressive Rock Revisited) to the fairly straightforward lists (Charles Snider, The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock.) There are also thousands of fans out there who not only continue to attend concerts, but also contribute to a growing network of fanzines and on-line forums. Fans are even served by Prog, a glossy magazine from Future Publishing now in its twelfth year, entirely devoted to prog in all its forms.
The ProgBlog has been put together to encourage discussion about progressive rock music illustrated by personal observation.
Putting prog on the map: Penge (posted 15/6/2022)
Why the south London suburb Penge deserves a place in the atlas of prog
Migration work on the ProgBlog website – Update 01/05/22
While the superficial structure of ProgBlog appears unchanged, only some of the information within the pages has been transferred to the new host site.
When ProgBlog was set up in 2014 it was intended to be a medium for opinions in the form of a weekly blog that would include album reviews and gig reviews, reflecting what I thought, what I’d bought and where I’d been. It was only towards the end of 2017 when I began to receive requests, initially from musicians themselves, to review their work. This led to the creation of the ProgBlog DISCovery feature and a dedicated review section where I’ve received invaluable help from my good friend Stefano Amadei, whose detailed knowledge of prog metal is presented with a musician’s insight. All the original DISCovery articles and album reviews have now been reinstated, including functional Facebook links.
Most of the old gig reviews are now accessible but work on these pages continues, including taking reviews from historic blogs and adding them to the appropriate review section. Archive material will continue to be hidden during the restoration and curation process.
The one benefit of the migration is that I've been provided with the ideal opportunity to optimise the ProgBlog mobile site. Posts will continue to appear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter alongside new material on the website. Please bear with me during the restoration work.