Full disclosure: I have not read this book, and I also have notoriously terrible taste in music. HOWEVER, my mother bought this book for my boyfriend, whose life's work is music. It was a huge hit! The author, Dave Weigel, is a writer for the Washington Post and an unapologetic fan of prog rock (which, for the musically ignorant like me, includes Genesis, Rush, and more fictionally, Spinal Tap). Here's what the experts have to say:
"Dave Weigel shows a commendably geeky respect for the myriad crooks and crannies in the story of a genre all about crooks, crannies and commendable geeks. Whether your knowledge of prog begins and ends with Pink Floyd, or your record collection is dotted with mid-career Porcupine Tree LP, this book has something for you. Plus, have you seen that cover?!" —My boyfriend
"I heard about it on NPR!" —My mother
There you have it! —Jessie Gaynor
Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $10.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.