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Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Show That Never Ends (Revised)
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer answered blues funkiness with power-chord bombast. Rife with soaring solos and virtuoso turns, ELP's live performances converted four-minute songs into extravaganzas that threatened never to conclude and helped define the then viable term art rock. Forrester and friends profile the trio in detail and, in true rock journalistic manner, arguably too sympathetically. This book will not make any best rock books lists for '01, yet it is solid enough to serve any pop music book collection well. Mike Tribby
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Author
For thirty years Emerson, Lake and Palmer have been one of the most dynamic and thrillingly musical forces in rock music. They've given us extraordinary concept works - "Tarkus", "Karn Evil 9", their version of Mussorgsky's
"Pictures at an Exhibition". Keith Emerson composed a Piano Concerto (and Carl Palmer a Percussion Concerto, soon to be released for the first time). Greg Lake conjured visions of sword and sorcery, science fiction landscapes, and piracy on the high seas, and penned other songs extolling the joys and
agonies of love, sex, bar fights and gambling, and cursing politicians, warmongers, hypocrites and exploiters of the poor. And there's so much more. These three musical virtuosos have lived their lives to the maximum and on the edge. That same go-for-it attitude characterises their music and their performance. They have spun their uniquely compelling, colourful web of music for three decades now. We said to
ourselves, "There are books about Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Jethro Tull - it's time someone wrote about Emerson, Lake and Palmer! - about them, their music, and the amazing show they put on, both as ELP and in their solo work." So we did. We wrote the book that had to be written! Hey, why be modest?
It's been a long labour of love, and we think you'll find it was worth it. "Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Show That Never Ends" tells the story of the band from their early pre-ELP days right up to the present day. There's detailed analysis of all their music. Plus appendixes - an extensive discography and videography, tour dates. And there's an index too - you don't
always get that in rock books, do you? Legendary journalist and rock author Chris Welch - famous for his recent book about that other progressive giant, Yes - has kindly written the Foreword... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I wonder why so little exists about the band considering their very successful career and major impact on music.
This book is far superior to that ultra-boring, waste-of-time, inane ELP book called "Do Ya Wanna Play Some Magic?"
George Forrester's book explains the history of the band, their musical steps, and mis-steps in clear, straightforward prose. While other works such as Paul Stump's The Music All's That Matter seems written with a distain for Prog and ELP, ELP: The Show Never Ends is an unabashed love letter for the devoted fan.
The books concludes with a musical exegesis of Keith Emerson's work, and to anyone who understands music, these analyses are enlightening, and thought-provoking.
If you want to learn about ELP, this is the place. If you want to relive the salad days, this is the place. If you want a picture of the rollercoaster ride of 1970's rock, this book will show you how a band was greeted with great hope and then dismissed into oblivion mostly because they knew how to play their instruments well.