Progressive rock (also known as prog rock, progressive, or prog) is a rock music subgenre. It developed from psychedelic rock, and originated, similarly to art rock, as an attempt to give greater artistic weight and credibility to rock music. Bands abandoned the short pop single in favor of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz or classical music in an effort to give rock music the same level of musical sophistication and critical respect.
Birth: 1968 Bloom: 1976
Progressive rock emerged in the late 60s in the UK, reached its peak in the early 70s (in Europe, Quebec, and the USA), survived through a deep crisis of ideas and popularity in the 1980s, and now the style is still alive and developing. The style had lots of subgenres like Canterbury, math rock, progressive metal, symphonic prog, and zeuhl.
It`s difficult to put musicians in progressive rock`s scope. Musicians who had influenced the style in the 1970s (Camel; Caravan; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Genesis; Gentle Giant; Jethro Tull; King Crimson; Pink Floyd; Supertramp; Van der Graaf Generator; Yes) doesn`t sound like pure progressive rock, despite the fact that many of them thought that they played progressive rock. The term «progressive rock» was used in the early 70s in order to emphasize newest groups, and only after some time the term began to be used as a name for a specific style.
Also read: Art Rock
Umbrellate style: Rock
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