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Member since: 2/3/2007 • Forum posts: 13443 • Last visit: 12/25/2014 11:32:44 PM EST
Location: 1950s Suburbia

Progressive Biography

RPI. Rock Progressivo Italiano. Yes, it is a real sub-genre.

"So it's an established fact that in Italy during the period between 1971-1974, a music movement existed where bands would challenge each other to see who could be the most imaginative, who could create the album for the ages. They were all painters and sculptors just as in Renaissance Italy." [Tom Hayes]

You will never regret discovering the Italian progressive rock scene of the 1970s. It's been a pleasure to help a few of you do just that.

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Personal bio...

I'm a proud midwestern boy from the heartland USA. I grew up in an amazing time/place that the country will not see again unfortunately. I'm into vintage photography and can thank my Grandfather for that. He loved to drive around as a young man and snap photos, amassing an impressive view of mid century Americana. I'm also into writing about family and the observations of my life. I like to volunteer my free time to help elderly folks with the chores of daily life, to allow them to stay in their single-family homes as long as possible. The trend toward boxing people in high density housing is so very sad. In 2013 I came home to the holy Catholic church and I consider myself a traditional (pre Vatican 2) Catholic. The post-V2 church has been a complete disaster.
A special thanks to my Mom and Dad for being such strong, amazing people. I love you.

Music is an important passion, thrill, and escape from our troubles. It has been a huge part of my life since childhood and it remains so today. I need music in my life. Our world is in such a dire place. We've turned our backs on the common sense of our peak era, squandered what we were given by the "greatest generation." We've seen a collapse of character, wisdom, and humility in the decades since. In the 1950s and early 60s we celebrated family, faith, individualism, and personal achievement. Every era had its problems and that one was no different, but it got so much more right than wrong. We aspired more than we envied. We expressed gratitude more than what we're "entitled" to. We didn't have much money but we had neighborhoods full of optimism, character, and joy. Kids could walk down their street at night safe and free. Being poor (as both sides of my family were) was a challenge to work through, not an excuse for bad behavior. People would use their time to improve their situation and neighborhood rather than whining about everything. In the decades since we've been sold a list of "enlightened" academic/media falsehoods that have us circling the drain as a nation.

I often wonder what happened to the spirit and ethics of my parents and grandparents. I wonder what we can do to reverse some of the insanity of today's culture. Probably very little. We just cope and do the best we can for our families. Which is where the music comes back into play. For inspiration, for release, for therapy, joy, and sky blue. Music collectively will always be one of the greatest pleasures of my life. An essential elixir to be sure. "fight the good fight every moment" I hear someone sing. I also hear the strains of Topographic Oceans every time I look at a night sky. I can only smile. I am home, happy, and free.

After 6 years and 1000+ reviews to the ProgArchives database I have retired from collaboration to pursue other interests. A special thanks is due the many good colleagues who helped make the site what is is today. It was a great experience overall and I hope that some of my work here will benefit our music fans. I also encourage you to get involved with the site if you have a good knowledge of progressive rock. You can have an adventure here if you commit to working hard and sharing your love of music.

Best wishes and luck always,
Jim












Reviews distribution by sub-genre


 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Rock Progressivo Italiano3003.35
2 Crossover Prog1303.05
3 Symphonic Prog1053.23
4 Prog Related963.05
5 Psychedelic/Space Rock653.25
6 Jazz Rock/Fusion553.31
7 Heavy Prog463.22
8 Prog Folk443.45
9 Proto-Prog423.57
10 Eclectic Prog373.35
11 Neo-Prog342.94
12 Progressive Metal323.19
13 Experimental/Post Metal293.28
14 RIO/Avant-Prog243.46
15 Post Rock/Math rock183.28
16 Canterbury Scene133.23
17 Progressive Electronic83.25
18 Krautrock73.14
19 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal53.20
20 Zeuhl43.75
21 Indo-Prog/Raga Rock42.00
22 Various Genres42.75

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