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Beyond and Before


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Introduction: The Forms of Progressive Rock; Part One: Before and During; Part Two: Beyond; Conclusion: The Persistence of Progressive Rock; Bibliography; Select Discography; Index.

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Martin Halliwell is Professor of American Studies and Head of the Department of English at the University of Leicester, UK. He is the author of American Culture in the 1950s (Columbia UP, 2007), and the editor of two series for Edinburgh University Press: Twentieth Century American Culture, and Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature. Paul Hegarty teaches Philosophy and Visual Culture at University College Cork, in Ireland. He is the author of books on Bataille and Baudrillard. He jointly runs the experimental record label dotdotdotmusic, and occasionally performs in the noise "bands" Safe, and Working With Children.


"Beyond and Before is a wonderful account of both the rich legacy and the ongoing story of progressive rock in all its forms. At last, here is a book that gives prog its due respect as a vital part of the history of rock music, without tying it to a simplistic narrative of over-ambition, decadence and decline. The best thing about the book is its comprehensive, nuanced definition of what counts as progressive. In Hegarty and Halliwell's capable hands we journey from such unlikely precursors of the concept album as Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington, through the 1970s Golden Age of Jethro Tull, Genesis and Pink Floyd to contemporary exponents as various as Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree and The Decemberists." - Greg Walker, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature,
University of Edinburgh

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