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Идеята за прогресив рок
The Concept of Progressive Rock

Author(s): Mihail Lukanov
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article aims at defining the concept of progressive rock, which first emerged among British rock musicians in the late 1960s as indication of a particular affinity towards broadening rock’s stylistics through incorporating artistic elements from the realms of classical music, jazz and folk. Based on some key critical concepts as developed by Moore (1883), Frith (1981) and Levy (2005), the discussion explores issues in relation to the „counterculture“ and the new social and artistic demands among youth, the role of the new recording technologies as well as the growing interest among musicians in expressing individual artistic ideas. Along with describing some general musical traits, it is argued that progressive rock prompted a profusion of styles, and similarly to many other phenomena in different areas of art at that time, challenged and blurred biased attitudes to rock and art as opposing categories. It is pointed out that this trend generated, according to the changed demands of musicians and audiences, alternative approaches in musical creativity.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 241-248
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian