The Progressive Rock Style The Lyrics

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195098884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853236 | DOI:
The Progressive Rock Style The Lyrics

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This chapter is not primarily concerned with exploring to what degree—if any—the hippies' belief system can be said to constitute a “religion.” Rather, it focuses on how the symbols mentioned by Davin Seay—drawn from mythology, fantasy, and science fiction literature, and a host of sacred texts from the past—are used in progressive rock lyrics as symbols of resistance and protest: used to symbolize both an idealized society toward which we might strive and a nightmarish technocracy which the hippies believed is on the verge of overwhelming the person. The chapter also considers the impact of surrealism on progressive rock lyrics and how progressive rock and heavy metal each came to develop certain mutually exclusive elements of the psychedelic legacy.

Keywords: Davin Seay; progressive rock; lyrics; symbols; resistance; hippies; surrealism; heavy metal; protest

Chapter.  7683 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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