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By Paul Hegarty, Martin Halliwell

A sweeping new research, past and sooner than argues that revolutionary rock is the main targeted growth of shape within the heritage of renowned track. The publication strains the ways that folks, blues, jazz, psychedelia and classical tune of the Sixties have been drawn jointly via revolutionary musicians, opposed to a backdrop of technological innovation. instead of pigeonholing revolutionary rock, the authors clarify its diversified roots and argue fusion of musical kinds and methods outlined the Nineteen Seventies even after the attack of punk. those connections are grounded by way of shut research of albums and key tracks, and an exam of functionality and cultural contexts.

Hegarty and Halliwell convey that ‘progression’ underpins many subgenres of rock, together with significant revolutionary albums and bands of the Seventies, along neo- and post-progressive musicians from the Nineteen Eighties to the 2000s. that includes artists as different as Marillion, Kate Bush, speak speak, Radiohead, The Mars Volta, Porcupine Tree and Midlake, past and ahead of is perfect interpreting for somebody attracted to exploring the historical past and which means of innovative rock – in all its varieties.

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Jeanette Leech, Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk (London: Jawbone, 2010), 127. Leech notes the contrast between a ‘verdant landscape of deceptive tranquility’ on the inside of First Utterance’s gatefold sleeve and the ‘emaciated, hideous creative’ on the front cover ‘ready to torment others while also shivering and suffering himself ’ (129). More broadly, the links between paganism, occultism and Satanism are exemplified in the early 1970s releases of Black Widow and Black Sabbath, but musically these bands veer away from progressive folk.

7. See Rod Allen, Isle of Wight 1970: The Last Great Festival (London: Clipper Press, 1970). 8. htm. 9. Andrew Blake, The Land Without Music: Music, Culture and Society in Twentieth-­ Century Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997), 162. 10. Ronald D. Cohen, Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940–1970 (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002), 253. 11. For a heavily illustrated tour of the Laurel Canyon scene, see Harvey Kubernik, Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon (New York: Sterling, 2009), and Michael Walker, Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-­and-­Roll’s Legendary Neighbourhood (London: Faber and Faber, 2006).

The second side looks outward; the opening track is a diatribe against a woman who used to be a hippie (or at least a ‘free spirit’) but now chooses fancy clothes and the high life. The fourth track, ‘Butcher’s Tale (Western Front, 1914)’, concerns shellshock and the horror of World War I – which was much less the consensual view in 1968 than now. The final two tracks describe love, but from a distance. The penultimate ‘Friends of Mine’ praises happy couples, but the narrator has been cheated and disappointed, while ‘Time of the Season’ is an ostensibly hopeful love song disrupted by the line ‘who’s your daddy, is he rich like me’, which troubles the whole song, making it surreptitiously bitter in a way that does not cast the narrator in a positive light.

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