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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote djfake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 30 2017 at 08:09
The cover photo was taken with a Scanning Electron Microscope, it's the record grooves of Jethro Tull's Minstrel In The Gallery vinyl!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote djfake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 15 2017 at 18:58
Here's a few encapsulations from very recent reviews of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, Revised and Expanded Edition (2017):

“In this updated edition of his 2007 book, an idea of the kind of depth Charles Snider goes into can be gleaned from the revised artwork, an electron-microscope image of the grooves of Minstrel In The Gallery. It’s a heck of a project, and his dedication and breadth of choice is to be applauded. Snider’s summaries are intensely fact-packed but academic – this is still an enthusiast’s mothership.”
--Jo Kendall, Prog Magazine

“[H]is time-centric genre definition cite[s] supportive data from various sources and suggest[s] that progressive rock is/was music created by a generation of men born roughly between 1944 and 1950 (median birth year 1947): Fascinating, and persuasively explained in the context of his premise.
Where “guide” books of this ilk sink or swim lies in how convincingly the author makes his/her case for inherently subjective viewpoints and conclusions. Snider deserves credit for tackling this head-on. The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock is an informative, enlightening read that’ll keep you occupied for hours and certainly get you thinking. Snider supports his [opinions] with considerable research/study. This book offers valuable perspective on where “prog” came from historically, in one handy (hefty) volume.”
--John Collinge, Progression Magazine

“I don't often use the word massive, but this book is, in fact, massive. At over 600 pages, The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock is a sort of bedside reader for prog fans of all stripes. Author Charles Snider taps his deep knowledge of the genre for a fascinating read.
It's a strong piece of work. Snider makes his points well and writes in a smooth conversational style. We don't share the same views on every release, but who does? The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock is very honestly the most enjoyable book on progressive music I've read to date! I must now seek out several albums I never even knew existed before I read this book!”
--John Wilcox, Progsheet
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 16 2017 at 09:02
I would say that not just men born between 1944 and 1950 created it or listened to it especially not these days. That's pretty absurd if you ask me. Maybe for a while that was the case but certainly not now. Plus some of them like Steve Hackett and the guys from Rush were all born a little later anyway. 

I know about your book. The thing is I know most of what's in it so it would be of no real value to me. If I see it in the library I'll check it out though. Or if you ever do a version of more recent prog. Anyway, good luck with it though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote djfake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 16 2017 at 15:11
Is it also absurd that you would dismiss an entire book on the basis of one sentence in a review, even when the reviewer (who read the book) found it "Fascinating, and persuasively explained in the context of his premise."

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I have a copy of the 2007 printing, I page through it no less than 3-4 times per week as I spin my way through my prog vinyl collection.

Is there a newer edition available?  The copy I have has a different cover than the "Minstrels" vinyl groove cover. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 17 2017 at 06:55
If you are referring to what I said I didn't dismiss it based on what one reviewer said. In fact I didn't dismiss the book at all. I'm sure it's a great book for those who want to explore prog further and don't know where to start. For me personally I have all the information I need to buy prog music for the next several years. 

Also, being that these days it seems that mostly newer prog is what is on the radar of most prog fans it's good to expose at least some of them to the older bands and albums they might not otherwise know about so kudos for doing that.


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This is my 4th attempt at posting here. I AM NOT A ROBOT, I AM NOT A ROBOT,I AM NOT A ROBOT, perhaps it will go away if I close my eyes and wish hard enough.
 
It's a good book and a must for every coffee table. My only grumble.................................More pages pleaseThumbs Up
Been around and collecting the progressive underground of the late 60's early 70's for years and this book has been a real eye opener. Thank you for a marvellous reference book. 
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