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The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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“A new history of [prog] written by an ardent, straight-faced defender who also understands what is most outlandishly entertaining about it.”
- John Williams, New York Times Book Review
“Savvy . . . [and] too short.”
- Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker
“Weigel weaves the stories of platinum-selling bands like Pink Floyd and Rush into a broader portrait of a rapidly shifting musical landscape. His training as a journalist is everywhere, from the crisp reporting to the deeply researched quotes. His knack for lean, efficient music analysis is refreshing . . . and his obvious passion for the music elevates the narrative.”
- Jason Heller, NPR
“As is only appropriate, given the ambition, audacity, and―now and then―lifestyle of the musicians whose fondness for 10/8 time signatures and tritone chords have found a deft and sympathetic chronicler in Dave Weigel, I loved this book excessively.”
- Michael Chabon
“A diligently researched chronicle [that] aims to grant the much-maligned genre something that has eluded it for decades: respect.”
- Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork
“Weigel’s detailed, gossipy coverage . . . is a very good thing.”
- Anthony Mostrum, Los Angeles Review of Books
“[The Show That Never Ends] tells a story of interest to both fans [of prog rock] and readers interested in the business of popular culture. . . . Weigel delivers a fun, compulsively readable account.”
- Rob Salkowitz, Forbes
“A well-researched, informative, and entertaining chronicle of the music’s emergence, golden era, and eventual transition from rock’s future to its past.”
- Phil Freeman, The Wire
About the Author
David Weigel is a national reporter for the Washington Post. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Slate, Reason, GQ, Esquire, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Politico, and many other journals. He lives in Washington, DC.
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I had hoped to learn something new, or discover a new redeeming argument for Prog, which seemed to be the goal here. Guess what? Prog was cool with a few people who cared a lot about music, and then punk came along and tore it down. Artists riding high struggled and fought with each other. Yes, and...?
I slogged through the details of Marillion, Soft Machine, Dream Theater, and more. I hoped for more on Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson, who embodies everything great about this music.
I read details, but learned nothing.
Somebody, someday,will write an insightful analysis of this period of music. It deserves a great treatment. This isn't it.