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The Progressive Rock Style The Visuals

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195098884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0004
The Progressive Rock Style The Visuals

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Both the albums and the concert experience have a strong visual dimension; in progressive rock certain conventions are repeated often enough both in album cover art and in concerts that it is not inappropriate to speak of a visual style that governs the genre. This chapter explores album cover art and the concert experience to reflect the two principal manners in which audiences encountered progressive rock. In both realms this chapter shows how the hippies' fondness for hallucinogens fostered the development of a surrealistic visual style. The chapter also addresses the way in which progressive rock's music and visuals are coordinated to convey a unified artistic vision and, in live performances, to create a ritualistic, almost liturgical experience.

Keywords: progressive rock; albums; album cover art; concert experience; hippies; hallucinogens; visual style

Chapter.  5513 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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