What’s the difference between progressive rock and art rock?

April 7, 2005 6 Comments
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6 Comments to “What’s the difference between progressive rock and art rock?”
  1. progressive rock is for progressive people/poor

  2. ScottGott says:

    What the hell ever just happened to Rock & Roll. Hipsters should be shot.

  3. blacklorre says:

    Progressive Rock isnt necesarilly progressive, even though it once was. Art Rock is just arty farty stuff. Acid Rock can be about bad trips whereas Psychedelic Rock is pretentious hippy drivel.

  4. speedwx says:

    As far as Art & Progressive Rock, this is one of the best synopsis I have run across:

    Acid Rock is a more long-form and impovisational type of Psychedelic Rock. Acid is usually harder, and less poppish. Think of “Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan (Psychedelic) vs. “All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix (Acid). More here:

  5. Progressive goes outside the barriers of a usual song. Maybe check out The Mars Volta and you’ll see what I mean.

    Art Rock is out of the ordinary music. Avant-garde is a term to describe it. A lot of art rock bands are associated with glam rock like David Bowie, Roxy Music, etc. but there’s also stranger..

  6. J says:

    Progressive rock (often shortened to prog or prog rock) is a form of rock music that evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a “mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility.”

    Progressive rock bands pushed “rock’s technical and compositional boundaries” by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus-based song structures. Additionally, the arrangements often incorporated elements drawn from classical, jazz, and world music. Instrumentals were common, while songs with lyrics were sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. Progressive rock bands sometimes used “concept albums that made unified statements, usually telling an epic story or tackling a grand overarching theme.”

    Progressive rock developed from late 1960s psychedelic rock, as part of a wide-ranging tendency in rock music of this era to draw inspiration from ever more diverse influences. The term was applied to the music of bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Soft Machine, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and reached its peak of popularity in the mid 1970s.

    Art rock is a term describing a subgenre of rock music that tends to have “experimental or avant-garde influences” and emphasizes “novel sonic texture.

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