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Drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of the music, social and cultural background and extensive interviews, Paul Stump has written an entertaining and vigorous study of an important area of popular music.


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Drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of the music, social and cultural background and extensive interviews, Paul Stump has written an entertaining and vigorous study of an important area of popular music.

30 review for The Music's All That Matters: A History of Progressive Rock

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex Handyside

    On and off, it took me a few months to finish this book. But that's not because it was boring. To its credit, it is an easy book to put down & pick up again. It has considerable depth, without being too deep. I enjoyed the chapters on early influencers. I started making notes on unfamiliar bands to listen to... by the end of the book it was 3 pages long!!! This book really opened my eyes to what else is out there. I would have liked a better global review - Stump bounces around the world and back ag On and off, it took me a few months to finish this book. But that's not because it was boring. To its credit, it is an easy book to put down & pick up again. It has considerable depth, without being too deep. I enjoyed the chapters on early influencers. I started making notes on unfamiliar bands to listen to... by the end of the book it was 3 pages long!!! This book really opened my eyes to what else is out there. I would have liked a better global review - Stump bounces around the world and back again when a a few dedicated chapters would have been better. My main criticism is that the author seemed to enjoy showing off his knowledge & use of obscure words. I consider myself quite well-read, but even I had to stop and look up at least three words (hands up if you know what a 'tocsin' is. I thought it was a typo, but now I know better.) Some I'm sure will be annoyed by all the 'long words'. To those folks I would say 'content over style'.

  2. 4 out of 5

    TomBurgess

    The most insightful/in-depth history on prog I've come across, even though it was written in 1998 (maybe making that even more impressive). I'll probably upgrade to 5-stars if I don't find a better one, since it manages to explore everything unique about the genre in a reasonable length, while having cohesive themes throughout and tying different groups and sub-movements together where appropriate (unlike many that rigorously go band-by-band). While it lacks any kind of musical analysis, Stump h The most insightful/in-depth history on prog I've come across, even though it was written in 1998 (maybe making that even more impressive). I'll probably upgrade to 5-stars if I don't find a better one, since it manages to explore everything unique about the genre in a reasonable length, while having cohesive themes throughout and tying different groups and sub-movements together where appropriate (unlike many that rigorously go band-by-band). While it lacks any kind of musical analysis, Stump has a better awareness than any on the particular neo-Romantic and postmodern inclinations in prog that are constantly battling each other (at least by the time it was written), and also dispels a few myths perpetuated in press coverage. Reckon it's my new go-to whenever I'm wanting to look up any band's history/relevant context.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Soufiane Sakhi

    A really solid history of progressive rock. I like the additions made with the updated version, though I wish Stump wouldn't have rushed past some bands. Still, great read for any fans of prog rock. A really solid history of progressive rock. I like the additions made with the updated version, though I wish Stump wouldn't have rushed past some bands. Still, great read for any fans of prog rock.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

    Very informative if a little ham handed stylistically. The section on MAGMA wasn't nearly long enough. Very informative if a little ham handed stylistically. The section on MAGMA wasn't nearly long enough.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    A really solid history of progressive rock. I like the additions made with the updated version, though I wish Stump wouldn't have rushed past some bands. Still, great read for any fans of prog rock. A really solid history of progressive rock. I like the additions made with the updated version, though I wish Stump wouldn't have rushed past some bands. Still, great read for any fans of prog rock.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James

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    Dan

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    Mark Harding

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicolaj Rotmeyer

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tom Caufield

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Sprouse

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nightgardener

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marcroman

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ade

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason

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    Jonathan Reynolds

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rik

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    Alfredo

  22. 4 out of 5

    Doug Silver

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daysbetween

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Parry

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    Udo

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    Buzz Mattson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Rogers

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Reed

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joe M

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eamonn

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