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A.R. & Machines

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Originally in the Rattles, Achim Reichel ventured into progressive territories with his trademark echo-guitar.

Founded: 1971

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: Achim Reichel

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Albums you should know, Part 3: Pretty Things - Parachute

Song: Grass (1970)

Albums you should know, Part 5: Blossom Toes - We Are Ever So Clean

Song: What On Earth (1967)

Allen, Daevid

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aka Dingo Virgin, El Alien, Bert Camembert, Zero, etc... Daevid Allen is one of the most longstanding, colorful and prolific artists of the progressive era. Leaving his native Australia in the early 1960s, Allen had already experienced the beats of Paris before arriving in Canterbury, where as luck would have it, he ended up as a border at Honor Wyatt's home. In between trips to Majorca, Spain, the Soft Machine was eventually born at the very beginning of London's underground era. Allen was left in France, but only to witness the student riots of 1968.

Founded: 1938

Location: Melborne, Australia

Website: DAEVID ALLEN

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Amon Düül

The original "Wohngemeinschaft" from Munich, Amon Düül's mixture of politics and music were born straight out of the 60s. Musically, however, it's unessential listening. All releases were culled from recording sessions held in 1968.

Founded: 1967

Location: Munich, Bavaria

Amon Düül II

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Led by Chris Karrer, the musical half of the Munich commune hippie band of the same name; a little to rough around the edges for prog standards, but most certainly not to be overlooked; Amon Düül II are Germany's finest psychedelic sons.

Founded: 1968

Location: Munich, Germany

Website: Amon Duul II

Aphrodite's Child

Led by Demis Roussos, Aphrodite's Child found success throughout Europe with pop singles, eventually residing in Paris, France. Their legacy however is the posthumously released psychedelic masterpiece, 666, and its creator, Vangelis.

Founded: 1968

Location: Athens, Greece

Argent, Rod

Keyboardist and composer of the Zombies and Argent.

Founded: 1945

Location: St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England

Website: Rod Argent.com home page

Arthur Brown

Another artist going the Pledgemusic route:
"Help raise the funds needed for one last album from the God of Hellfire himself, [Bad link]."

Ayers, Kevin

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The Original Mr. Cool. An original on the Canterbury Scene, Kevin Ayers spent the 60s with Wilde Flowers and Soft Machine before retiring to the comforts of Deià, Mallorca. Coaxed away by Peter Jenner, Ayers recorded a quartet of albums for Harvest label, beginning with the amazing Joy of a Toy. His band, the Whole Wide World, comprised of David Bedford, Lol Coxhill and Mike Oldfield, among many other luminaries, but his work was strictly pop, albiet one combined with an absurdist's sense of humor.

Founded: 1944

Location: Herne Bay, England

Website: Kevin Ayers