The Fall and Rise of Progressive Rock

Nikola Savić

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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  1. Dave says:

    Prog never really died….but it did live on a life support system for a number of years…Groups like Marillion stood out in the 80s even though for the most part wasn’t prog in the true sense at all times. It regrew again, my opinion Steven Wilson taking music past even his own boundaries as he “progresses”. There are many new groups out today supporting the genre, unfortunately most seem to base themselves in Europe or England,

  2. Gozman says:

    Agreed that progressive rock never really died: in fact, “prog” influences started to leak a little into all kinds of other bands, styles and genres from the 80′s through the 90′s. Everyone from Pet Shop Boys, Jane’s Addiction, lots of heavy metal bands, Faith Nore More, Level 42, It Bites…hell, even guys like Seal drew water from the “prog rock well” on some of their material.

    That being said, progressive music works best when a band or artist has a very specific vision in mind and can draw upon all kinds of different influences from within and without to make it a reality. That’s where real originality comes from. There’s nothing wrong with having genre-centric festivals or bands/artists consciously trying to recreate an era, but unless you have something distinctive to bring to that table, then no you aren’t being progressive.

    • And that’s what I tried to underline in this post. Everybody could just recreate what was done in the 1970′s all over again until the end of time, but it leads nowhere.

      I’m not sure why people see this post as something that blames bands for paying tribute to the bands that defined the genre. It was NOT my intention, I summed it all in the last paragraph. Obviously, opinion… Everyone has one.

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