The Critical Reception of Progressive Rock

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195098884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853236 | DOI:
The Critical Reception of Progressive Rock

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This chapter addresses the critical reception of progressive rock. To address this topic adequately, though, a brief outline of the history of rock journalism is necessary. Prior to the mid-1960s, pop music journals were essentially fanzines, issued under the auspices of record companies. However, the rise of the counterculture in the 1960s created a group of readers who frankly despised the values of the traditional entertainment industry. They wanted journals that would provide historical and cultural perspectives of the music that was covered, that would develop critical positions and standards, and that would tie the music in with the ideological struggles of the counterculture. As a result, the late 1960s witnessed the rise of an underground press devoted to psychedelic music and the hippie lifestyle, including American publications such as Rolling Stone (founded 1967), Crawdaddy, Creem, and Circus, and the British Zig-Zag.

Keywords: progressive rock; rock journalism; journals; Rolling Stone; Crawdaddy; Creem; Zig-Zag; fanzines; counterculture; underground press

Chapter.  5587 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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