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Definition of the noun progressive rock

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  1. a style of rock music that emerged in the 1970s; associated with attempts to combine rock with jazz and other forms; intended for listening and not dancing

Alternative definition of the noun progressive rock


  1. A rock music genre originating from the late 1960s and early 1970s, heavily influenced by classical music and jazz


Progressive rock, also known as prog rock or prog, is a rock music subgenre that originated in the United Kingdom with further developments in Germany, Italy, and France, throughout the mid-to-late 1960s and 1970s. It developed from psychedelic rock, and originated, similarly to art rock, as an attempt to give greater artistic weight and credibility to rock music. Bands abandoned the short pop single in favor of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz or classical music in an effort to give rock music the same level of musical sophistication and critical respect.


Progressive rock is a radio station programming format that prospered in the late 1960s and 1970s, in which the disc jockeys are given wide latitude in what they may play, similar to the freeform format but with the proviso that some kind of rock music is almost always what is played. The name for the format came from around 1968, when serious disc jockeys were playing "progressive 'music for the head'" and discussing social issues in between records.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Radio 3-Volume Set (2004)

by Christopher H. Sterling

Progressive rock is a radio format designed to appeal to rock music fans who were initially represented by the counterculture of the late 1960s. At times referred to as progressive radio, underground, free-form, album-oriented rock ( AOR), ...

Google previewMusic in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture [4 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture by Jacqueline Edmondson Ph.D.

There is indeed some debate on the degree of stylistic overlap between American and European groups both considered to be part of the umbrella term “ progressive rock.” Frank Zappa's music, for example, may be as distinct from that of Pink ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Music in the 20th Century (2014)

by Lol Henderson, Lee Stacey

Ultimately, progressive rock took itself too seriously and lost its searching, adventurous spirit. The stage was set for the iconoclastic, irreverent, resolutely unprofes— sional sounds of punk, whose seeds had been sown nearly ten years before ...

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