Taken from The Tom Dunne Show (Apr 12, 2016)
Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips on Prog-Rock
Think Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Focus, Emerson Lake and Palmer, King Crimson and Jethro Tull to name but a few.
This is a genre defined by the desire of musicians in the late 60's and early 70's to elevate rock to a new level, to give it more weight, more credibility, and break the limits of music as it was known.
Blending classical, jazz, psychedelic, and rock, orchestras, off-kilter structures, and some humor for good measure- the musicians behind this development were the avant-garde of music. But for better... or for worse?
Tom welcomed founding member of 'Genesis' - Anthony Phillips onto the programme. Phillips played guitar for the band between 1967 and 1970, and is considered a to have been a substantial influence on the direction and style of the group in it's formative years.
Phillips discussed Peter Gabriel's decision to add an aesthetic element to the performances, in an effort to open the music up to a wider audience.
On Gabriel's flower costume, he revealed that "[Peter] was actually very nervous on stage. It's not the story that's known by most people, is that Peter's a very shy, lovely guy - but very shy off stage - and actually on stage he struggled to start with. And these stories he started, or rather this act he created and grew into was actually born from the fact that Mike Rutherford and I were playing these two twelve-string guitars which we could never get in tune, so somebody had to do something whilst we were tuning up".
Since the inception of the Prog-Rock Special - and throughout the programme - listeners from around the country got in touch with us to give their two pence on what they thought about it all. Some of you suggested songs and bands that you'd love to hear - others questioned, laughed, and joked at the idea that we would spend a whole show on the topic.
Prog-rock... The Marmite of the music world, loved and mocked in equal measure... but there is certainly plenty to be said about this divisive musical style. It consumed a considerable portion of the masses throughout the 70's - both sides of the Atlantic - and has had a lasting effect on the landscape of music ever since.