16 September Theme Seminar – Forum Room 2-004, 12:30-2pm
Alex Carpenter and Jerôme Mélançon – Progressive Rock
This presentation looks at the history of the genre, and considers progressive rock in light of Theodor Adorno’s theories about popular music, culture and ideology, and focuses on Pink Floyd as an exemplar; we also look at contemporary strains of progressive rock, including Tool and System of a Down; and maybe even Rush, for some Canadian content.
One important aspect of the presentation is an exploration of what might be a fundamental paradox of progressive rock, namely its strongly regressive tendencies (in its recourse to ideas about form and scope drawn from classical music).
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