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How The 'Grand Cultural Detour' Of Prog Rock Became 'The Show That Never Ends'

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The progressive ("prog") rock genre is a musical experience unlike any other: a mix of classical and jazz instruments, concept albums, complex time signatures and flashy shows.

Prog rock exploded on the scene in the 1960s and 70s, but despite some contemporary resurgence, it's often considered a brief blip in rock 'n' roll history.

King Crimson, Yes, and Genesis are just of a few of the bands well known for their modern interpretations of pop and rock themes in a new age.

Author David Weigel pens a "narrative history of progressive rock, told by the people who made it."

The genre, he writes, is a laboratory for retrospection on early pop-rock influences, with experimentation and a focus on futurism, finding new sounds never before recorded or performed.

Did prog rock take itself too seriously or is its elevated parody key to the experience? Does the genre need more than a second glance for its dynamic impact on music? 

Guest: David Weigel, author of "The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock" ​

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