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"Progressive" Is Not a Four-Letter Word
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flw From: flw Date: August 5th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I came from a place where people, hipsters, openly embraced Prog Rock, Pittsburgh. But more nationally relevant is Chicago. What was it like seeing a show at that joint? I cannot believe that people go to places like that and "enjoy" the music. What is going on? Was there a lot of "Wooo!"ing? It must have been an experience...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd love to hear some of that music from Pittsburgh, if you can make it available. I know a lot about Louisville, the home of the scene I've been obsessing on for sometime (and which contributed powerfully to Chicago's prog rock standard-bearers), but not its fellow Ohio Valley city to the east.

I think that real musicians have often harbored good feelings about prog even when the majority of their fans and many critics have dissed it. But I also know that, even today, saying one is a Yes or Rush fan is a good way to get labeled someone who is not with-it.

There was lots of beer drinking at the show. But the most dedicated fans, of which there were many, were too into the music to be going "Wooo!" Some were tapping out beats on the chairs in front of them. Others were nodding their heads in time. These were people who had memorized every note, it seemed. They often looked ridiculous, to an outsider, but I tried very hard not to mock them too much, since I saw myself, a decade or two down the road, in their pate-challenged devotion.
flw From: flw Date: August 6th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No one sounded like Prog Rock bands, it just wasn't uncool to say you liked a Prog Rock band. But then again, I was never really in with the cool kids. I think they were cool because they were good looking and they liked Prog Rock because it was what was on the radio...
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