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ProgYes is about the music I was brought up with around the late 60s and early 70s. This music can be broadly described as progressive rock: the attempt to push rock’s creative boundaries beyond standard pop song structures. It was an era when Rock became almost classical, almost respectable. Musical arrangements often incorporated elements from classical, jazz and world music. It was a style that dared to be different. Record companies allowed artists the space to develop and the freedom to experiment. It was a risk which didn’t always work. However, overall, the risk paid off and more than returned on its investment, as the Psychadelic/Prog era became the most successful musical export England has ever created. People were ambitious for this new music: many thought that Progressive Rock would succeed pop music and might even have been considered alongside modern classical music. It tempted many talented and classically musicians to move into the field, into bands like Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and Jethro Tull, in other words, arguably some of the biggest bands of all time. Those 5 bands alone have sold maybe half a billion records worldwide.