By Mike Barnes
Shortlisted for the 2021 Penderyn Music Book Prize.
Winner of a Best History title at the ARSC Awards 2020.
Progressive rock, a genre formed out of a creative surge in the late Sixties and throughout the Seventies, originated and flowered most spectacularly in the UK. Made by young musicians for a young audience, prog music looked towards new horizons by synthesising rock, jazz, folk, classical and other styles.
While prog has always divided critical opinion, in its heyday it had a large and devoted fanbase, and the era’s biggest acts from Pink Floyd to Genesis went on to enjoy long-lasting international and commercial success. Although the scene fragmented in the late Seventies, new generations of young listeners continue to discover the unique sounds of prog today.
Examining the myths and misconceptions surrounding the genre, music journalist Mike Barnes (Mojo, The Wire, Prog, and author of the acclaimed biography Captain Beefheart) paints a vivid, colourful picture of the Seventies based on his own interviews with the musicians, music business insiders, journalists and DJs, and the personal testimonies of fans of that extraordinary decade.
Offering something new for even the keenest of prog enthusiasts, A New Day Yesterday is an entertaining and in-depth study of both the music itself and the cultural conditions and attitudes that fed into, and were affected by, this remarkable musical phenomenon.
‘Celebrates the era when prog was the coolest sound on the planet. Lucid and deeply researched… this exhaustive tome may well be the last word on the subject.’ Mojo, 4*
‘A grand survey of the most ambitious and pretentious British rock of the age’ Uncut
‘There’s plenty here for hardcore aficionados and the prog-curious alike’ Shindig!
‘Epic overview of revolutionary times. Spot on in so many ways, Barnes beautifully captures that time when music was flying by the seat of its pants to explode into a multi-tentacled hydra of exploration and mini-revolutions, charged with resonating wonder and often necessary humour’ Record Collector
‘Astute handling of such a wide-ranging genre’ Long Live Vinyl
‘Head and shoulders above the crowd. A remarkable book.’ Prog Magazine