“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