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Latest news: Please note that the book is officially out of print. I am preparing a second edition of the Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, due not before late 2015. The new edition will feature more additions to the timeline, interviews with musicians from all over the globe, and a good editing before publication. Thank you to everyone that has made a purchase!

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Progtoberfest 2014, Reggies Live, Chicago Oct 24-25th

Reggies presents... a Two Day Progressive Rock Festival! Check out the poster then check out link!

Hold Your Fire > Patto

Artist: Patto
Label: Vertigo, Vertigo
Catalog#: VEL 1008, VEL-1008
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1971
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Nevermind the band’s amazing musicianship, for Patto’s second album, the band pulled out some of their best songwriting. The lead off and title track “Hold Your Fire” is the post-hippie anthem, complete with some of Ollie Halsall’s finest guitar work at the fade. Note the release date; this is some of the earliest “shredding” on record. “You, You Point Your Finger” cops a somber mood, another of Mike Patto’s poignant lyrics on the counter-culture.

Genesis > Gods, The

Artist: Gods
Label: Columbia
Catalog#: SCX 6286
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1968-10-00
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Hailing from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, guitarist Mick Taylor and brothers John and Brian Glascock, bass and drums respectively, were originally in groups as schoolmates. Adding Ken Hensley on keyboards and vocals, they changed their name to The Gods in 1965. Taylor soon left to John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (replacing Peter Green), while Glascocks were also migrant. In autumn 1967, Hensley, with Joe Konas on guitar, Lee Kerslake on drums and a returning John Glascock (replacing an interim Greg Lake), kept it together long enough for a residencey at the Marquee Club, and an album with Columbia.

Living In Fear > Tempest

Artist: Tempest
Label: Bronze Records
Catalog#: ILPS 9267
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1974-02
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Tempest recorded a follow-up album, Living In Fear, in late 1973. Ollie Halsall, fresh from a defunct Patto, brought a more immediate but similarly electric guitar (and lead vocal) to the band. The album was recorded with Gerry Bron producing and Geoff Emerick behind the desk. Halsall’s “Funeral Empire” opens, a solid rocker with a great break and some creative synthesizer, before a cover of the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer”, also featured in their live set.

King Crimson 2014 Tour Dates

"[Bad link] returns to active service in the front line on September 9, 2014 with 17 US performances, the first since 2008.

Born on January 13, 1969 in the basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe, London, this is the eighth incarnation of King Crimson, with:

Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals), and Robert Fripp (guitar)."

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Romantic Warriors III - Canterbury Tales: 3rd film of the Progressive Music Saga

"Hey there! Its "Romantic Warriors – A Progressive Music Saga" Documentary Series's directors Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder here! Thank you for taking the time to check out our third film installment: Romantic Warriors III – Canterbury Tales. Since we started this journey of producing the Progressive Music Saga series on progressive rock, we have completed two feature length documentaries, Romantic Warriors I (2010) and Romantic Warriors II - About Rock in Opposition (2012).

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Zühn Ẁöhl Ünsaï - Live 1974 > Magma

Artist: Magma
Label: MIG
Catalog#: 01102 2CD
Format: 2xCD
Country: Germany
Released: 2014-04-24

Nash the Slash, a.k.a. Jeff Plewman, dead at 66

Nash the Slash, a.k.a. Jeff Plewman, dead at 66. Original member of [Bad link] and solo artist.

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Amon Düül II Reissue

"... what’s more exciting is the long awaited return of this iconic German outfit after a nearly 20-year absence from the music world with a new album, Düülirium! This stunning new album features 3 of the group’s founding members - guitarist John Weinzierl, guitarist/violinist Chris Karrer, and vocalist Renate Knaup - and will be simultaneously released on both CD and vinyl June 10. "

Nexus > Argent

Artist: Argent
Label: Epic
Catalog#: KE 32573
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-02
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Before the turn of the decade, former Zombie Rod Argent and his bassist cousin Jim Rodford drafted drummer Bob Henrit and guitarist Russ Ballard from the pop band Unit 4 + 2 to form Argent. The band clearly centered on the keyboard talents of its namesake, but also had gifted songwriters in Ballard and ex-Zombie Chris White. “Lothlorien” and the second side of 1971's Rings of Fire pointed to the progressive, but it would take the band a few more albums before they consummated that direction. Argent scored a massive hit with "Hold Your Head Up" in 1972, reaching No.