Yes Is The Answer And Other Prog Rock Tales Progressive rock is maligned and misunderstood Critics hate it hipsters scoff at it Yes Is The Answer is a pointed rebuke to the prog haters the first literary anthology devoted to the sub genre Fea

  • Title: Yes Is The Answer (And Other Prog-Rock Tales)
  • Author: Marc Weingarten Tyson Cornell Rick Moody Charles Bock Matthew Sweet Seth Greenland Andrew Mellen
  • ISBN: 9780985490201
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Progressive rock is maligned and misunderstood Critics hate it, hipsters scoff at it Yes Is The Answer is a pointed rebuke to the prog haters, the first literary anthology devoted to the sub genre Featuring acclaimed novelists, Rick Moody, Wesley Stace, Seth Greenland, Charles Bock, and Joe Meno, as well as musicians Matthew Sweet, Nathan Larson, and Peter Case, Yes IsProgressive rock is maligned and misunderstood Critics hate it, hipsters scoff at it Yes Is The Answer is a pointed rebuke to the prog haters, the first literary anthology devoted to the sub genre Featuring acclaimed novelists, Rick Moody, Wesley Stace, Seth Greenland, Charles Bock, and Joe Meno, as well as musicians Matthew Sweet, Nathan Larson, and Peter Case, Yes Is The Answer is the first book that dares to thoughtfully reclaim prog rock as a subject worthy of serious consideration So take a Topographic Journey into a 21st Century Schizoid land of Prog Lit

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    About "Marc Weingarten Tyson Cornell Rick Moody Charles Bock Matthew Sweet Seth Greenland Andrew Mellen"

    1. Marc Weingarten Tyson Cornell Rick Moody Charles Bock Matthew Sweet Seth Greenland Andrew Mellen

      Marc Weingarten is an author, journalist, editor and filmmaker He lives in Los Angeles.

    300 thoughts on “Yes Is The Answer (And Other Prog-Rock Tales)”

    1. I am pretty sure that I hate Prog music The album covers, the dry ice although to be honest they share some visuals with my beloved glam artists , the capes, the knee length boots for the gentlemen, and the god awful lyrics regarding the future, fantasy, and whatever Its all a form of hell for me The Editors Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell has put together what in theory would be either a torture test or at the very least a death day aimed at yours truly an anthology focusing on the what I con [...]


    2. DISCLAIMER This review is overly long, somewhat bloated, and quite possibly pretentious and self conscious This is perfectly in keeping with the subject matter My introduction to progressive rock , or prog as it is commonly known, was somewhere around 1976 or 1977 Bored with KISS and Aerosmith, I walked over to the local mall and hit my favorite record shop in search of new sounds Punk had yet to coalesce and make it s way to small town America, and hard rock had become a shrill repetition of t [...]


    3. Spotty.Some of the essays were good Some, I m still trying to figure out why they were even in the book One basically amounted to why I don t listen to Rush and another was ode to a deceased heavy metal forum poster who happened to like King Crimson Lots of I was a teenager, geeky and high, so naturally I liked Prog anecdotes.It could have used some actual music discussions.That said, I do have than a few bands to go research And I really do need to give early Genesis another shot I d never be [...]


    4. Nice little collection of personal essays on Prog Rock As with any anthology, some pieces will speak to you than others, but I enjoyed most of the contents, and the book piqued my interest in several bands musicians I ve skirted around for awhile, inspiring me to check them out If you re a fan of prog you ll find some here to enjoy and some here to disagree with A fun, light read.


    5. Extremely disappointing 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 Look, I know prog music is not wart free but the repetition was tiresome Not serious reviews or analysis, just sophomoric reminiscences.


    6. I enjoy prog rock pieces, some than others I ve always liked some groups such as YES, but I have never been a diehard FAN of prog As such I wanted to read this book for information on the bands as well as finding out other people s opinions.I found most of the essays in this collection to be enjoyable a couple were excellent, a couple were somewhat tedious, and one was just poor in writing and attitude In particular, I found There is No Rush by Joe Meno, In The Court Of The CrimsonKing02 by Cha [...]


    7. Gen Y here, born 1990 Was given this book as part of an ongoing cultural exchange with a friend of mine in his 50s Some of the music discussed here has aged well and stayed relevant to my generation In the early 00s, we listened to Pink Floyd as much and as excitedly as the people who were alive at the time Todd Rundgren, although his name recognition is not huge, is also a Gen Y hero and considered a legend largely on the back of A Wizard, A True Star Genesis, though, are completely irrelevant [...]


    8. The book consists of a number of essays that focus or less on the sub genre of Progressive Rock Most of the essays are autobiographical or semi autobiographical pieces that consist of the authors experiences many of them quite negative growing up listening to, being influenced by, and in some cases trying to avoid, progressive rock music e.g Genesis, Emerson Lake Palmer, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Yes, Rush, Todd Runggren, Styx, etc Overall the essays are a bit critical of Prog Rock than I thou [...]


    9. I burned through this book in a day and half I loved it so This is not just for Prog fans, it s also for the haters, maybe even so It s really about memories about growing up awkward and misfit with large doses of weed and masterbation None of the essays focus on two of my favorites Magma or Van Der Graaf Generator Emerson Lake Palmer and Genesis figure prominently There are also essays on Yes, The Nice, King Crimson, Styx and the Caterbury scene Pink Floyd and Utopia I recommend most Out, Ange [...]


    10. Fun read A series of personal essays about Prog music, varying from Prog is awesome and you shouldn t be ashamed to listed to it to Yes, you should be ashamed I feel both ways The book isn t really a history of the form, instead a series of personal encounters with the genre I spent much of my early music learning on prog bands and can appreciate much of the book The only thing missing was attention to the new wave of prog bands, but if you have any kind of soft spot for Yes, early Genesis, ELP, [...]


    11. First off, this is not a book for someone who isn t a fan of progressive rock If you re not familiar with some of the bands in the genre, you re just going to be lost Second, because the book is a collection of essays written by different authors, there is no consistency Some essays are better than others Some are just plain bad Some seem to stray off the topic of progressive rock, while others fit my expectations a little bit better.Overall, I m going to call this collection mediocre There too [...]


    12. Some of the entries in this book were really great John Wesley Harding stuff was especially great What wan t great was the essay by the Shudder To Think dude Not sure how his essay made it into the book The Rush dude was definitely a Rush poser but whatever when this book was good it was really good I put together a Spotify playlist by the same name as the book title if anyone is interested.


    13. Since becoming a Prog Rock fan as a freshman in High School in 1975, I have followed the career arcs of many of the Bands written about in this book Yes,Genesis,ELP,King Crimson,BeBop DeLuxe and Jethro Tull to name a few were embraced wholeheartedly by my friends and provided the soundtrack for my High School experiences These essays rightfully praise the musicianship and skewer the ridiculous excesses of Progressive Rock and were very fun to read.


    14. This is a very interesting collection, but kind of uneven Some of the essays are very thoughtful and insightful, and others are less so Some common threads emerged, and several artists and songs albums were mentioned by several authors, which was interesting Overall, it was worth reading if you are at all interested in progressive rock.


    15. Even if you continue to find prog rock absurd than tolerable, this is an entertaining series of well written essays that explores what it means to have been youthfully passionate about music that s easy to mock in retrospect Everyone s got musical skeletons in the closet Fun to have a dance with them.


    16. I am deeply disappointed with this book I expected some serious discussions about the genre I love and admire, and what I got instead was a series of teenager anecdotes about Prog Rock, many of them quite negative, the least mentioning some recognized bands, a lot of obscure names, and some of the essays even doesn t have anything to do with the Prog issue.


    17. Citizens of Hope and Glory If you re a prog rock nerd, or a music nerd in general, or hey, just a nerd, you might like reading this Lots on Yes and Genesis in here, but others as well.





    18. Beautifully arranged and printed, lovingly compiled Let Prog into your life, if it s not already part of it Thank me later.


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