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Yes Is The Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales) Hardcover – May 14, 2013
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Tyson Cornell is the founder of Rare Bird Lit, a marketing and publicity firm. He has worked with over ten thousand authors, including John Updike, James Ellroy, Carol Channing, Chuck Palahniuk, John Waters, and many more. He has also toured extensively throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East playing music to audiences big and small. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the artist Alexandra Infante, and their two children, Solaris and Vesper.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book brought me to a happy place. I hope it does for you as well.
The book is a collection not of serious, in-depth reflections about prog-rock artists and music, but mostly just a bunch of personal history/memoir essays focusing on how each author was introduced to the music of some prog-rock band. (SPOILER ALERT! First exposure to Yes/ELP/Genesis/King Crimson/etc. was through the cooler, slightly older kid next door. And this is supposed to be some sort of revelation?)
Some of the authors are rock writers, some not, but the writing in general is even lazier than one might expect from third-tier rock writers. One writer goes on and on about how bad Jon Anderson's lyrics are, singling out "Yours Is No Disgrace" for particular scorn. He suggests the lyrics are meaningless, yet Anderson has previously said they're directed at soldiers drafted for the Vietnam War. Even if the author didn't want to do a quick web search, it seems to me that one might put together "1971 ... song with numerous military references ... gee, I wonder if this is about Vietnam?" And did it ever occur to the author that Yes might have wanted the lyrics to be more evocative than literal, to better fit the more abstract nature of its music?
Here's another example: The guy who writes about Todd Rundgren says Todd played all the instruments and did all the backing vocals on his first three albums. C'mon, is it really THAT hard to look at the credits on the CDs? Or, for God's sake, to hear the horns and FEMALE backing vocals on side 4 of Something/Anything?
I had assumed that my time as copy chief of Spin magazine would have exposed me to the worst that music writing had to offer, but I was wrong. This is a new low.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The essays are not badly written or uninteresting, but they are not really about prog rock. Yes and the other bands are only peripheral, background scenery to first love stories,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not a lot of enlightenment here to be gained on the subject for this reader. It was okay.Published 9 months ago by Mike
Gave up half-way through. Some of the essays were mildly interesting, but far too many were clearly by someone who used to be a fan but is embarrassed by his fandom now. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. McQuinn
If this is the best we can do, best to let prog disappear altogether. A bunch of former nerds trying desperately to prove that they now are cool. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert Fink
In this pamphlet you will find some individuals (nearly all american) remembering their younger teenager years in the light of discovering prog rock. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Erni
I was expecting something a bit more informative, but this is more stories of how prog rock has influenced individual listeners. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by James Stewart