By Mike Barnes
‘lucid and deeply researched..... the last word on the subject’ - MOJO
Progressive rock, a genre formed out of a creative surge in the late Sixties and throughout the Seventies, originated and flowered most spectacularly in the UK. Made by young musicians for a young audience, prog music looked towards new horizons by synthesising rock, jazz, folk, classical and other styles.
While prog has always divided critical opinion, in its heyday it had a large and devoted fanbase, and the era s biggest acts from Pink Floyd to Genesis went on to enjoy long-lasting international and commercial success. Although the scene fragmented in the late Seventies, new generations of young listeners continue to discover the unique sounds of prog today.
Examining the myths and misconceptions surrounding the genre, music journalist Mike Barnes (MOJO, The Wire, Prog, and author of the acclaimed biography Captain Beefheart) paints a vivid, colourful picture of the Seventies based on his own interviews with the musicians, music business insiders, journalists and DJs, and the personal testimonies of fans of that extraordinary decade.
Offering something new for even the keenest of prog enthusiasts, A New Day Yesterday is an entertaining and in-depth study of both the music itself and the cultural conditions and attitudes that fed into, and were affected by, this remarkable musical phenomenon.
‘A grand survey of the most ambitious and pretentious British rock of the age' - Uncut
'there’s plenty here for hardcore aficionados and the prog-curious alike’ - Shindig
'Epic overview of revolutionary times. Spot on in so many ways, Barnes beautifully captures that time when music was flying by the seat of its pants to explode into a multi-tentacled hydra of exploration and mini-revolutions, charged with resonating wonder and often necessary humour' - Record Collector
'the author must be commended for his astute handling of such a wide-ranging genre’ - Long Live Vinyl
‘A remarkable moment in music beautifully captured in what is a remarkable book’ - Prog Magazine
'A New Day Yesterday is a - if not the - definitive work on the subject ... if the mark of a great rock book is how much it makes you want to go out and buy the music it covers, then this book is a classic. 9/10' - Classic Rock
Publication Date: 27.02.20
Extent: 624 pages
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