The Show That Never Ends

The Show That Never Ends

The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

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The Show That Never Ends is the definitive story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive (“prog”) rock. Epitomized by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake & Palmer, along with such successors as Rush, Marillion, Asia, Styx, and Porcupine Tree, prog sold hundreds of millions of records. It brought into the mainstream concept albums, spaced-out cover art, crazy time signatures, multitrack recording, and stagecraft so bombastic it was spoofed in the classic movie This Is Spinal Tap.With a vast knowledge of what Rolling Stone has called “the deliciously decadent genre that the punks failed to kill,” access to key people who made the music, and the passion of a true enthusiast, Washington Post national reporter David Weigel tells the story of prog in all its pomp, creativity, and excess.Weigel explains exactly what was “progressive” about prog rock and how its complexity and experimentalism arose from such precursors as the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper. He traces prog’s popularity from the massive success of Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale” and the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” in 1967. He reveals how prog’s best-selling, epochal albums were made, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Thick as a Brick, and Tubular Bells. And he explores the rise of new instruments into the prog mix, such as the synthesizer, flute, mellotron, and—famously—the double-neck guitar.The Show That Never Ends is filled with the candid reminiscences of prog’s celebrated musicians. It also features memorable portraits of the vital contributions of producers, empresarios, and technicians such as Richard Branson, Brian Eno, Ahmet Ertegun, and Bob Moog.Ultimately, Weigel defends prog from the enormous derision it has received for a generation, and he reveals the new critical respect and popularity it has achieved in its contemporary resurgence.
The wildly entertaining story of progressive rock, the music that ruled the 1970s charts—and has divided listeners ever since.

Baker & Taylor
Draws on inside access to key figures in a chronicle of progressive rock that shares behind-the-scenes stories about the chart-topping bands of the 1970s, the sounds of genres ranging from psychedelia to heavy metal and the inconsistent ways '70s rock has influenced culture, inspired satire and divided fans.

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Washington Post and Rolling Stone journalist David Weigel brings general readers backstage and into the hearts and minds of musicians in this celebration of the experimentalism and excess of prog rock. Chronicling the rise of the genre and its signature bands, the book offers insider details on production, band formation, and prog rock’s introduction of various instruments to rock, including flute, synthesizer, and double-neck guitar. The descriptive narrative interweaves the voices of musicians, producers, technicians, and managers from interviews held in the 1960s and 1970s, along with the author’s own conversations with musicians, producers, and fans. Bands profiled include Pink Floyd, Yes, Jethro Tull, Genesis, King Crimson, Procol Harum, and The Moody Blues. B&w photos are included. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Looks at the history of progressive rock, examining the origins of the genre's complexity and experimentalism and some of the bands, producers, and albums that defined it.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393242256
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 WEIGE
Characteristics: xx, 346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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