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rock with a "heightened sense of concept". Songs featured lyrics dealing with philosophical issues such as religion and spirituality, politics and power, the forward march of technology, and existencial anger. Clear and self-conscious use of classical music.
Some fans who were devoted to the emotional aspects of rock "rock purists" were repelled by progressive rock labelling it as pretensious, and too complex.
These concept albums were an extension of the idea that music should proivde a trip.

EX. The Who's "Tommy" album in 1969 is a concept album that tells the story of a deaf, dumb, and blin boy who gains spiritual enlightenment through playing pinball. When Tommy is cured of his handicaps, he is cast as guru, possessing great wisdom of the ages. It is therefore a parable about superficiality of much hippie spirituality--it is a story, a rock opera due it its theatricality.

Attempted to blend classical music with other styles

Progressive Rock's drawing on classical music helps to create longer, intricate arrangements, but these longer songs are created through a combination of smaller, familiar forms"
Reuses melodic material in new ways, rhythm and time changes (familiar from twentieth-century art music)
Genesis lyrics create fantastic tales that critique British life and values; lead singer Peter Gabriel (b. 1950) used costumes and props to "act out" these tales with staging. "Genesis extended the rock-opera ambitions of the concert hall into the concert hall."•


Progressive rock tends to borrow from "classical music"
Female psychedelia icon and sex icon.
Big Brother and the Holding Company-left in 1968
Joplin's powerful blues style and hard-living image were reminiscent of the earlier blues singers like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Big Mama Thornton whom she emulated.
"Joplin was labeled the first 'hippie poster girl,' yet was claimed by progressive writers as a proto-feminist for her assertive performing style, extroverted public persona, and status as a bandleader."
"Her singing with that unit is a celebration—her voice and body hurled with larruping [thrashing/whipping] power that leaves her limp and this member of her audience feeling that he has been in contact with an overwhelming life force. Part of that force is an open sensuality, with no tinge of coyness or come-on. It's not that she is beautiful by ordinary standards (a phrase that makes her wince). Rather she brings all of herself into a performance."
" 'The sex thing they keep trying to lay on me,' Miss Joplin says, 'is always in the receiver's head, which is where it should be. If I turn on anyone that way—great! Because that's what it's all about.'"
"her long hair is brown, her eyes blue-gray, her figure trim, and her hands are always moving. When she's not wielding a microphone, her voice is soft but not guarded; and her face, as on stage, is a kaleidoscope of swiftly changing emotions."
"Look, I'm not a spokesman for my generation. I don't even use acid. I drink...I close my eyes and feel things. If I were a musician, it might be a lot harder to get all that feeling out, but I'm really fortunate because my gig is just feeling things."

IN ESSENCE she exuded sex but it was a cognizant choice, it wasn't pushed on her, she reclaimed and created and embraced the narrative. She just sang the music she liked, and if poeple thought she was sexy so be it, but sex was never expressely part of her image. She is known for her raspy voice.
virtuosity is when the technical and performance ability of the musician is exceedingly high (protege not the result of meticulous pratice, just natrual talent.) They were "born to play".
"technical ability" is the ability to play extremely difficult pieces that require effortless precision in all pitch registers of the instrument, the musician makes it LOOK easy.
Started as a 19th century idea for great performers like Mozart.
Took on a different term for guitar "shredding".
Ex. Eddie Van Halen guitarist known for "tapping"- rapid-fire notes or arpeggios plaued with two hands.
Ex. Yngwie Malmsteen injects classical music masters like Bach, Beethoven, Paganini into his music. "Rising Force" was called a "revelation upon release"

-the single most important development in rock guitar in the 1980s was the turn to classical music for inspiration and form.
- tonal sequences of Vivaldi, melodic imagination of Bach, virtuosity of Liszt and Paganini"
-"Appropriations are...specific and consistent. Bach not Mozart, Paganini rather than Liszt, Vivaldi and Albinoni instead of Telemann or Monteverdi"
-"The electrification of the guitar...production of sophisticated distortion circuitry...acquired for the guitar the capabilities of the premier virtuosic instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: the power and speed of the organ, the flexibility and nuance of the violin."
-Randy Rhoads (1956—1982) "helped promote classical study among metal guitarists...patterns of discipline and consistency"
-the problem is how a "bland" music appreciation text might describe a virtuosic guitar solo: "a well-balanced, thought-out guitar solo, which features a variety of techniques" (On Eddie van Halen's "Eruption")