SUPER-AWESOME ’70s U.K. PROG DOC!

“PROG ROCK BRITTANIA: AN OBSERVATION IN THREE MOVEMENTS” (2008)

Normally I don’t do the embedded YouTube re-posting thing, pulmonologist but this was too good to not share. Any regular reader of ECR knows that I have a deep, web deep love for European progressive rock of the ’70s, this web and this very recent BBC doc hit the sweet spot for me. Since my band is on tour, I’ve been catching up on YouTube watching in the tour van, and this one rocked me yesterday. The BBC website sez:

Documentary about progressive music and the generation of bands that were invloved, from the international success stories of Yes, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson and Jethro Tull to the trials and tribulations of lesser-known bands such as Caravan and Egg.

The film is structured in three parts, charting the birth, rise and decline of a movement famed for complex musical structures, weird time signatures, technical virtuosity and strange, and quintessentially English, literary influences.

It looks at the psychedelic pop scene that gave birth to progressive rock in the late 1960s, the golden age of progressive music in the early 1970s, complete with drum solos and gatefold record sleeves, and the over-ambition, commercialisation and eventual fall from grace of this rarefied musical experiment at the hands of punk in 1977.

Contributors include Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine), Mike Oldfield, Pete Sinfield (King Crimson), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Phil Collins (Genesis), Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Arthur Brown, Carl Palmer (ELP), Steve Howe (Yes), Bill Bruford (Yes/King Crimson) and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull).

The film contains boatloads of footage that a prog nut like me would find heavily fetishistic, and contains a great narration by Nigel Planer, whom you might recognize as “Neil” from “The Young Ones”! Here’s some good eats!

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

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732 Responses to SUPER-AWESOME ’70s U.K. PROG DOC!

  1. Jude says:

    Part 3: Carl Palmer’s stainless steel kit — sponsored by British Steel, no less…

    How much does that RULE??? :)

  2. Louie says:

    That was awesome!!! This needs to be released on DVD.

  3. Phill says:

    I wonder if any of those guys watched this performance on the BBC:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p6yUvQBXSY

  4. illlich says:

    I had sent those links to the drummer in my band, and he cursed me out at band practice for making him very behind in his duties at work (hey– I didn’t twist your arm!). He was also amazed at how the people he hated most (Wakeman) were the most likeable on screen (probably because they had a certain self-deprecation upon considering their past musical extravagances.)

  5. codeverifier says:

    Thanks for the links. Missed this one on tv as we were just moving house at the time. People got there new sounds from hard to receive illegal stations at the time, now it’s a matter of digging your way through loads and loads of musical notes. I guess the feelings when finding something you didn’t know yet is still the same.

  6. vernonhardapple13 says:

    Damnit.
    Removed.
    Anyone know where else one can find this?
    Download?
    Torrent?
    Etc?